Lydiksen's newly constructed library, administration office and 15 new classrooms were part of the overall project to rebuild the entire school on Highland Oaks Drive
The $30 million rebuild project was funded by the $270 million school facilities bond Measure I1, passed by voters in 2016 to repair and modernize local schools. Construction at the school first began in February 2020 and is now nearing full completion following these newly constructed buildings.
"Lydiksen Elementary has served our community for over 50 years, and I'm proud to know that we now have the modern learning environments that our current and future generations of students deserve," PUSD Superintendent David Haglund said in a statement to the Weekly. "This was all made possible by the investment of our community through Measure I1, we continue to be grateful for their support of our students."
Now that winter break is over, students and staff have been able to experience the new amenities of the rebuild, which PUSD director of communications Patrick Gannon said was one of the largest Measure I1 construction projects. The ribbon-cutting ceremony at the school was held Dec. 8.
Some of the technical infrastructure improvements that Gannon noted were new underground utilities, a new gas distribution system and a completely new fire alarm system.
The kids now also have 82,000 square feet of new field space to play on, two new play structures, three new shade structures and a kids club that has been doubled in size.
Apart from that, Gannon said that the drop-off lane has been extended by 700 feet.
"The facilities team is working on refurbishing one of the classroom buildings and finishing up some landscaping at the front of the school -- 100% project completion should be in the next few months," Gannon said.