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first_img Superintendent Ginger Shattuck said the renovated rooms and other improvements will help the district reach its goal of nine of 10 students reading at grade level by 2007. “Now, (teachers) have more of the tools and environment needed to do the work they need for our students,’ said Shattuck. As an example, Dan Meyers, a sixth- grade language arts teacher, said the new computer data ports and electrical outlets allow for more technology in the classroom. “We have a program called, `My Access,’ ‘ Meyers said. “Before they upgraded, it was difficult to use. Now it works like a charm.’ It isn’t just teachers who see the differences. “It looks really nice,’ said seventh- grader Camille Reyes, 12, of La Mirada. “It’s all clean and neat.’ And Reyes really likes the air conditioning that keeps her cool when it’s hot. “When it gets hot, you can think better,’ Reyes said. Mike Sprague can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3022, or by e-mail at [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LA MIRADA — Until this year, when the heat would go up, the energy level for teachers and students at Los Coyotes Middle School would go down. But that’s no longer true with the completion of the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District’s modernization project at Los Coyotes. Just ask Dana Vrsaloich, a seventh-grade history and language arts teacher. “For the first time in 20 years, I have air conditioning,’ Vrsaloich said Tuesday following a ceremony to celebrate completion of the $4 million project at his school. “It used to be that I would come home and just be drained trying to stay cool,’ he said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Los Coyotes is among six schools in the district where work has been completed as part of the district’s $250 million modernization program. Three were completed during the past school year. Work also is done at Foster Road Elementary School in La Mirada and Hargitt Middle School in Norwalk where celebrations are planned in the next month,. In addition to air conditioning, computer data ports, lights, sinks, electrical outlets and windows all have been installed in every classroom. The school also has a new media center and four new science labs. The work is being paid from a $165 million bond issue voters authorized in November 2002 and $85 million in state matching funds. “Tonight is a special night because we’re done,’ board President Richard LeGaspi said. “We’ve done everything we’ve promised we would do in the bond.’ last_img