The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners authorized a $10-million grant last week to the Lennox School District for construction of sound-mitigation elements in its Classroom Sound Insulation Program. This is the second installment for the district’s $35.3-million overall program.
In this second work program, the Board authorized immediate payment of $4,079,000 to reimburse for expenses already accrued. The remaining $5,921,000 will be released to the district once additional reports are submitted showing need for those funds.
This second work plan calls for completion or initiation of sound insulation at the following school campuses: Buford, Felton and Jefferson elementary schools; new school construction north of Jefferson; and Lennox Middle School.
Sound-insulation construction will include: replacing standard doors with thicker, solid doors; installation of interior insulation as needed; installation of interior acoustic ceiling tiles; framing and insulation of top floors; replacing standard windows with sound-rated windows; installing sound-rated windows that were once replaced with dry wall; and replacing/installing heating and air-conditioning systems as needed.
In addition to classroom sound insulation, the program also provides for other construction necessary to mitigate classroom noise caused by aircraft as part of the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Settlement Agreement between Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) and the Lennox School District.
The insulation program, approved by the Federal Aviation Administration, will be financed by Passenger Facility Charges generated by operations at LAX additional reports are submitted showing need for those funds.