Students at Inglewood schools will get long awaited noise relief through an approved grant from Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA).
Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA) officials have announced that the Inglewood Unified School District will receive its first funding installment of $10 million for the District’s Classroom Noise Mitigation Program. The grant will help bring improvements to reduce noise from planes flying overhead at Los Angeles International Airport.
This action follows an announcement earlier this year that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had approved LAWA’s use of $44.4 million for sound insulation in the school district with Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) funds.
The PFC Program allows the collection of fees of up to $4.50 for every enplaned passenger at commercial airports controlled by public agencies. Airports may use these fees to fund FAA-approved projects such as noise reduction, enhancing safety, security, and the like. PFCs can only be collected for an FAA-approved program for an established amount and time period.
The FAA-approved plan provided funding for six Inglewood schools. This first work plan requests an installment of $10 million for sound insulation at Payne Elementary School, Woodworth Elementary School, and the Child Development Center at Woodworth Elementary School. Other campuses that will be involved in the noise mitigation program include Oak Elementary School, Monroe Middle School, and Morningside High School.
Sound-insulation construction will include replacing standard doors with thicker, solid doors; installing interior acoustic ceiling tiles and other insulation as needed; framing and insulating top floors; replacing standard windows with sound-rated windows; replacing/installing heating and air conditioning systems; miscellaneous electrical upgrades where needed; and other work necessary to achieve a targeted interior noise level of 45 decibels or less.
The Sound Insulation Grant Program (SIGP) administers and monitors funding (LAWA funds and FAA funds) for noise mitigation programs for the City of Inglewood, City of El Segundo, City of Ontario and the unincorporated areas of Lennox, Del Aire, and Athens in the County of Los Angeles. In addition, the program administers funding for the Inglewood Unified School District and Lennox School District.
The goal of the LAWA noise mitigation program is to ensure residential communities (including schools and hospitals) adversely impacted by aircraft noise are made compatible with California Noise Standards.
IUSD Chief Deputy Superintendent Joe Dominguez said in January, “This funding will provide an improved learning environment for our kids by upgrading the acoustic performance of our classrooms.”
The sound-insulation program is part of a 2005 settlement agreement between LAWA and IUSD.