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SMMUSD Requests Community Input about Potential Historic Resources on District Campuses

June 17, 2021

As directed by Board Policy 7133, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will hold a series of online community meetings on June 21 and June 22 to develop the Historic Resource Inventories for its elementary and middle schools. This is an opportunity for the community to provide input to the District’s historic resources consultants to help determine whether a building or property would qualify as a historic resource. The consultants will review the process and methodology.

Samohi c. 1940. After the 1933 Long Beach Earthquake, the original buildings were re-faced and seismically reinforced by architects Marsh, Smith & Powell in the Streamline Modern style popular at the time. The project was part of a significant WPA allocation to the city schools that resulted in many artworks as well as building repair and new construction. Photo: Santa Monica High School Campus Plan Historic Resources Technical Report, Historic Resources Group, July 2018

At these meetings, our consultants will ask for the community’s input and comments on the buildings, artwork and other features of the campus that might be a historical resource. This is an opportunity to guide the investigation. The District’s historic resources consultants will review the process and methodology that goes into determining whether a building or property would qualify as a historic resource.

Later this year, the recommendations from the historic resources consultants will be made public for review and another round of community meetings will be scheduled to receive feedback on the historical resource inventory reports. Following revisions, the Board of Education will receive and adopt the reports.

The meetings are part of the district’s campus assessment process as it continues to align its instructional programs and environments to the way students learn and the jobs of the 21st-century and to make those environments adaptable for future changes in coming decades.

The online presentations will be as follows:
June 21 Architectural Resources Group Zoom Link =
6 p.m. Grant Elementary School
7 p.m. Franklin Elementary School
8 p.m. Lincoln Middle School

June 22 Historic Resources Group Zoom Link =
5 p.m. Rogers Elementary School
6 p.m. McKinley Elementary School
7 p.m. Roosevelt Elementary School
8 p.m. John Adams Middle School

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