LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Unified School District has authorized district representatives to begin negotiating to lease two new school sites to deal with a burgeoning student enrollment expected to reach an all-time high by 1990.
One of the sites is the 23-acre, 34-classroom Oak Middle School on Oak Street off Katella Avenue in the nearby Los Alamitos Unified School District, which is scheduled to close in June due to that district's declining enrollment. The other is an 11-acre vacant lot owned by Long Beach City College near the college's Pacific Coast campus, where the school district would use portable classrooms.
Officials of the 64,000-student Long Beach district have projected an increase in enrollment of 2,400 by next fall. Within five years, they say, enrollment will exceed 75,000, the most in the district's history. The previous peak occurred in 1963 when enrollment of Baby Boom-era students reached about 74,000.
District officials say they hope to accommodate as many as 1,400 students at the Los Alamitos site. About 370 Long Beach students now attend Lee-Rossmoor Elementary School, another campus leased from the Los Alamitos school district since last year at an annual rate of $60,000.