Lynwood Unified School District Friday announced it has received $250 million in financial support to restore Lynwood High School, which was damaged two years ago when a large section of the ceiling collapsed.
The approved funds from the 2022-23 State Budget will help rebuild, update and fully restore the campus as well as address related damages, the district said.
“This is a huge victory for the students and families of Lynwood,” Assemblymember Mike Gipson (D-Carson) said.
“When tragedy struck and the building collapsed at Lynwood High School Imperial Campus, faculty, staff, administrators, school board members and the community acted quickly to make facilities available for learning,” he said.
The 2020 roof collapse, which occurred during the pandemic school closure and caused no injuries, was allegedly triggered by major construction and structural shortcuts discovered during an inspection of the state-built 24-year-old campus, according to the school district.
The district enabled an alternate temporary site for the high school last August at the Lynwood Middle School campus. The district said the change caused the relocation of middle and elementary school students, which resulted in the loss of over 400 students who did not re-enroll this year.
The allocation of $250 million is expected to cover the vast majority, if not all, of the construction required to fix the impacted building and allow the campus to safely reopen.