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Bond Measure GS

Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee


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Welcome back for an exciting 2016-17 school year!

On behalf of our team here at Montebello Unified, we are excited to welcome you back for the 2016-17 school year! I hope everyone enjoyed their summer break and are ready to embark on the wonderful educational opportunities we have planned.
First and foremost, I want to thank our teachers and staff who keep our students inspired and classrooms running smoothly. Without your amazing work ethic and dedication to preparing our students for their futures, Montebello Unified’s success would not be possible.
Among many things to look forward to this year, I’m proud to share that we are revitalizing our facilities, ensuring our students have access to the highest quality learning environments that will propel them to achieve their goals.
Our community showed their immense support for our schools with their historic passage of our $300 million Measure GS bond, which earned a 77 percent approval rate. This new funding will be used to enhance our District’s libraries, computer and science labs, technology, air conditioning units and much more, allowing our students, teachers and staff to enjoy the highest quality academic environment.
To ensure our students are prepared for the 21st-century workforce, we are focusing a majority of Measure GS resources to provide technology upgrades. These advances will ensure our students are well prepared to compete in the 21st century.
Teachers will have the opportunity to take part in trainings that will prepare them for these campus enhancements, allowing them to continue educating our students at the highest level of learning.
These funds will also be important in maintaining the safety of our campuses.
We were also thrilled to unveil our recently completed fields at Bell Gardens High School, Montebello High School and Schurr High School. These fields will provide support for our athletic teams, allowing our football, soccer and track-and-field athletes to perform at their very best.
Thank you again, teachers and staff, for the transformative work you do every single day – your impact makes all the difference in the lives of our students.

I also welcome your input into how we can use Measure GS funds to further enhance teaching and learning.
We look forward to seeing everyone on August 18!


Susanna Contreras Smith



Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia took the stage Sept. 22 during Bell Gardens High’s Back to School Night to present a $5,000 grant check from the Barona Band of Mission Indians to fund new technology for its College Center, a computer-equipped classroom where students receive guidance and encouragement when pursuing their higher education dreams.

Many Bell Gardens High students come to school early or stay late after school to use computers, Wi-Fi and other resources they might not have at home. The College Center, which opened last year, gives all students a place to apply for college, find scholarships and ask questions.

"We are beyond grateful for this College Center grant,” BGHS senior Christopher Perez said. “Seniors are in here daily, getting help from our college counselor throughout the whole process. This new equipment will help us get the assistance we need.”

Tracy Brendzal, a college counselor at Bell Gardens High, opened the College Center and jumped at the opportunity to provide students with more equipment that will help them achieve their goals.

“Having a College Center on campus is ideal for helping students pursue higher education,” Brendzal said. “Many of our students are not only first-generation high school graduates, but also the first ones in their family to attend college. Being able to provide that support and guidance to our students as they navigate through the college-going process is not only essential, but pivotal to their success.”

Bell Gardens High plans to use the grant to purchase a laser jet printer, Officejet printer/scanner, three laptops and an iPad Air 2 for students to use in the College Center.

Garcia, a Bell Gardens High alumna, contacted the school about the Barona tribe’s grant program at the end of the 2015-16 school year and offered to endorse an application for funding. The tribe awards these grants with the belief that education is the key to a successful cultural relationship and foundation for society’s future.

“Montebello Unified is so fortunate to have alumni like Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, who always strive to return to their alma mater and give back,” Superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith said. “The additional technology at Bell Gardens High’s College Center is going to allow our school to further support students in following their higher education endeavors.”


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