Thousand Oaks High School is 16 years overdue for a makeover.
Cracks along the quad and in classrooms show significant wear, many windows around campus are painted over due to lack of shading, and many classrooms are underutilized.
There are way more problems that have been accounted for in a site analysis of TO, which is a draft for the Master Plan to fix up this school under an initiative called Measure I.
“Measure I – approved by voters in November 2014 – is a facilities bond that will raise $197 million for Conejo Valley schools with the purpose of updating school sites,” according to Ventura County Star describing the measure. All repairs and modernization for schools in the district, including Thousand Oaks High School, will be funded by the Measure I proposal.
The Master Plan for what’s going to be done to TOHS and how much it will cost is already completed, so big improvements that are coming within the next few years are no longer concept ideas, but actual plans. The school categorizes the different improvements into three different sections: facility enhancements, safety and technology.
The priorities of the Master Plan for TOHS are to remove almost all portable buildings including the G, H, and weight room buildings, replace nearly every window on campus with efficient windows, renovate the cafeteria and library to make them nicer, build a new and much better athletics building, repaint the school’s classrooms, fix the plumbing to prevent the science classrooms from flooding with sewage, and install new HVAC units in all buildings.
The total cost for these plans comes out to about $15.5 million. “The new HVAC system will easily be the most expensive project in our Measure I portfolio,” Dr. Bergmann said in an interview. Additionally, the plan to give the front of the school a “face lift” as well as to completely renovate the library and MPR will also prove to be costly,” Bergmann added. As of now, security camera fixes and new air conditioning have been completed, which means cold classrooms and a much smaller margin for error to pull off this year’s senior prank.
Under the Master Plan, technology gave about $100 to each student last year, which is where all the Chromebooks are coming from. All the Chromebooks for this year’s freshmen and next year’s will come from the same technology bond.
According to the plan, the library modernization is soon to come this winter, which will reorganize all the books and shelves, as well as turn part of the library into a relevant and popular student hub, named ‘Lancer Cafe’ in a concept map.
Everything isn’t supposed to be finished until about five years from now, but even juniors should be expecting some changes to the campus next year. “Measure I projects will be underway until approximately 2022. We are currently planning on completing approximately 15 total projects,” Bergmann said. “We can expect there to be some kind of work happening on campus continuously until then.”