Ting Announces $4 Million in State Funding for A.P. Giannini Middle School in San Francisco
A. P. Giannini Middle School, the most populous public middle school in San Francisco, is set to undergo much needed safety repairs and improvements. Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, helped to secure $4 million for the rehabilitation project.
“Students need a safe, modern learning environment in order to succeed. After years of deferred maintenance, we’re at the point where we can no longer postpone making upgrades,” said Ting. “I’m glad the state could step in to help this valuable community asset.”
The scope of the work will include updating the electrical wiring in the gym, repaving the uneven school yard, upgrading the auditorium and fixing the locker room ceiling, which leaks. San Francisco Supervisor Katy Tang first brought the school’s condition to the attention of Assemblymember Ting.
"When I saw firsthand the decades of wear and tear at our city's largest public middle school, I knew it was unacceptable for our young people - they need to see us investing in their future. I am deeply appreciative that this funding will impact generations of students, faculty and staff that spend every day at APG, as well as the surrounding community members who are served by this Shared School Yard site," said Tang.
"Many essential fixes and upgrades to our school – including uneven pavement in the play yard, an outdated gym and locker rooms, and a decades-old auditorium – were not within the budget allocated to us from the 2016 modernization bond. I worked together with A.P.G. parents, staff and students to find a solution, but we were at a roadblock until Supervisor Katy Tang and Assemblymember Phil Ting advocated to provide more funding,” said Tai Schoeman, School Principal.
The $4 million for A.P. Giannini was allocated in the 2018-2019 state budget, which took effect July 1.
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