Grant Elementary School
Grant Elementary School’s Future Facility Community Meeting, March 10, 2022
Thank you for coming out on March 10, 2022 to support Grant Elementary School’s Future Facility Community Meeting!
Watch Grant’s Future Facility Community Meeting presentation here.
View Grant's Future Facility PowerPoint here.
See photo slideshow from community meeting here.
Grant Elementary School’s Future Facility Meeting Questions and Comments section:
- Incredible farm and learning space.
- Love outdoor spaces.
- Love outdoor classrooms.
- Would be nice to see final tree plan.
- What value do linear uniform hedge rows add?
- Strive for variety.
- Love rooftop garden idea.
- Would like designated area for families waiting from 1:45 to 2:40 p.m.
- Please include as many trees and courtyards as possible.
- Some areas don’t look child friendly.
- Would like view of library.
- Area feels cold, dislike open spaces.
- More outdoor seating?
- Maintain art deco look.
- What is happening with Grant’s pre-school?
- Library project, how long will it take?
Draft Historic Resources Reports
The Board of Education adopted the Historic Resources Policy (BP & AR 7113) at their February 9, 2021 meeting. They directed the review of the facility by historic resources consultants to determine potential historic resources. Attached are the historic resources reports prepared by the Architectural Resources Group and Historical Resources Group. These reports identify facilities that would potentially be considered eligible for listing under the National Register of Historic Places, California Register of Historical Resources, or City of Santa Monica Designated Historic Resources.
The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is moving forward with its extensive modernization and construction projects at Grant Elementary School. Check out what we’re completing:
Pearl Street Entrance Receives Enhanced Gate and Fence
- A new 60-foot long gate and fence were installed at the front entrance of Pearl Street.
- The new gate and fence stand at eight-feet high and work to heighten the fence line to improve campus security.
- The heightened fence and gate establish a security perimeter that allows for a better flow of students through the campus.
- A camera and buzzer system identifies visitor’s and allows them to enter.
- The new gate and fence were designed to respect and compliment the historic architecture of the 1930s.
Heating, Ventilation & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
- The new HVAC systems provide fresh ventilated air, more efficient heat in the winter and cooling in the summer.
- Thermostats will allow the systems to be sustainable.
- The new HVAC systems are now in use providing students a comfortable learning space and a healthier safer environment during the pandemic.
Fire Alarm Systems
- The new alarm system is voice activated.
- System identifies the specific room in trouble.
- The existing fire alarm systems at Grant will remain functional until the new systems are completely certified by the end of April.
- This should reduce false alarms.
Upgraded Drinking Fountains
- Fully stainless-steel cabinet.
- Push-button activated bottle fill (no sensor activation).
- The use of individualized water bottles helps reduce water and plastic waste.
- The new furniture supports flexibility, and allows for differing modes of learning, thus, improving student engagement.
- New student desks have been installed throughout classrooms.
- Security cameras have been fully installed, programmed and staff have been trained in the operation of the security system.
- Security cameras are located around the perimeter of the campus and outdoor areas.
- They will support increased safety and property management.
- All restrooms have been modified to be compliant with the American s with Disabilities Act (ADA) Code.
- All tile and surfaces have been acid washed and resealed.
Grant was one of the first schools to go through the district’s modernization process to create a school environment that is conducive to learning in the 21st century:
- In 2015, all classrooms and offices received new flooring, new paint and new doors. We also painted exterior surfaces.
- In 2016 and 2017, we replaced windows and installed new roller shades.
- Educational technology was upgraded in classrooms and the library. For instance, Wifi access became campus-wide with a faster overall internet connection. That is in addition to the installation of interactive Smartboards, projectors and in-classroom sound systems.
What’s next for the campus?
In June, the district hosted an online community meeting where architects and district staff presented their assessment of the campus and how it might be modified to improve educational and recreational spaces and facilitate 21st-century learning.
You can see that presentation here: Grant Community Meeting PDF
Campus assessment will drive future changes
As part of a campus assessment, we are envisioning the replacement of six of the portable buildings on campus, and considering a two-story building containing 10 classrooms as a permanent replacement. We also plan to:
- Add shade structures and enhance outdoor learning areas
- Redesign the front of the campus so classrooms are within the security perimeter
- Improve drop-off / pick-up area(s)
- Add solar panels and other sustainability tools
Want to know more about campus assessments, including how to join our next round of community meetings (likely in September)? Head over to the campus assessments page.
On the safety and security front, we installed a visitor-management system that increased campus security. We are also studying how to create an enhanced secure perimeter in the front of the school.
The district also installed earthquake valves on natural-gas supply lines earlier this year to bolster campus safety. These valves automatically shut off if a large enough seismic event is detected, reducing the risk of fire.