Lynwood Unified Board members and District leaders joined together for a small event on March 11 – the first in-person event in almost a year since the start of the pandemic – to unveil Lincoln Elementary School’s modernized security entrance.
Superintendent Gudiel R. Crosthwaite and Lincoln Principal George Guerrero welcomed more than 15 District employees to the outdoor ribbon-cutting ceremony, celebrated at a safe, social distance.
“As we prepare to return elementary students back to campus, our new entrance is the perfect welcome to signal to our families that we are giving them the best that we have to offer,” Guerrero said.
The event featured a tour of the new entrance, allowing attendees to observe the upgraded levels of security and the expanded space for staff to operate. The entrance door was replaced with wider security doors. Cameras and a control system were added that require visitors to buzz into a new lobby area before being identified and entering the office.
“Through this project, LUSD has been able to successfully upgrade our school while increasing the level of safety for students and staff,” Dr. Crosthwaite said. “We created an improved learning environment at Lincoln because of these updates, and I would like to thank the Board of Education for continually advocating for these positive changes.”
In addition to the upgraded entrance, Lincoln Elementary’s principal office and staff break room were relocated to create more space. Lincoln Elementary restrooms also were painted and upgraded, and the fire alarm system was relocated to allow for the wider front entrance.
“I want to thank the community for supporting the improvements of our schools,” Board of Education President Maria G. Lopez said. “This project was made possible by Measure N and is one of many upgrades that will boost the safety of students and ensure they have a positive learning environment.”
The Lynwood Unified community supported Measure N, a $65 million bond measure, in November 2016. In January 2020, the District issued $25 million in bonds for repair and upgrade projects across LUSD.