A Message from
County Administrator Dr. Erika Torres


In our continued commitment to serving our community and providing current information, we have some important updates in this week’s message.

Remembering Juneteenth 

IUSD would like to recognize Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Following the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared that all persons held as slaves should be set free in 1863, it was determined that the proclamation did not apply to all enslaved African-Americans. After the Civil War ended in 1865, Union soldiers traveled to Galveston, Texas and announced on June 19, 1865 that all enslaved African-Americans were free and officially granted personal rights and rights of property. 

Juneteenth has been referred to as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Emancipation Day and is recognized by forty-seven states as either a state or ceremonial holiday. African-American descendants not only acknowledge Juneteenth as a day of freedom, but a day to reinforce encouragement, embrace diversity and culture. Some celebratory traditions include honoring ancestors with singing, street fairs, cookouts, family reunions, historical reenactments and more! Please join us this June 19th in commemorating Juneteenth to recognize the heroes who dedicated their lives to advocate for justice and freedom for all. To learn more about Juneteenth, please click here.

IUSD Facilities Construction Updates 

We are excited to share updates on the construction projects at various IUSD school sites. Morningside High School received new heating and cooling equipment as well as new roofs, windows, flooring, and new wiring to support internet connectivity. Oak St. Elementary School is undergoing a campus modernization of their permanent buildings. Two of the three permanent buildings are complete and open for occupancy. Finally, the front entrance of Bennett-Kew was redesigned and constructed to provide a more attractive and secure entrance to the campus. The new design now routes visitors through the office prior to accessing the campus. Construction will continue at identified school sites throughout the year. Please click here for more on our modernization projects.

Pride Month 

Please join IUSD in celebrating Pride Month as we recognize the impact that members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has had on history both locally and nationally. Pride month is celebrated every June to honor the Stonewall Riots that were the tipping point for Gay liberation and a call to action that will forever inspire us to live up to our nation’s promise of equality and liberty for all. IUSD proudly stands with and supports all members of the LGBTQ+ community and are committed to ensuring that every student who is a part of the LGBTQ+ community is included and protected! 

Centinela Elementary and La Tijera K-8 Students Selected as Art Contest Finalists 

Our District would like to congratulate 5th Grade Centinela Elementary student, Isabella Hernandez and 7th Grade La Tijera K-8 Academy of Excellence student, Megan Apolonio for their honorable mention in the West Basin “Water is Life” Art Contest. Local student artists were invited to create inspiring artwork that encourages others to conserve and use water more efficiently. There were 450 entries received from students throughout the West Basin service area representing all school grade levels. Our students, along with 10 others, were selected as honorable mention award winners. We are so proud of our amazing students and hope they continue to create art that depicts the positive changes they want to see in our communities and the world. Please click here to view the award winning student artwork. 

Class of 2021 Senior Graduation Updates

We are excited to announce that our District will be holding in-person graduations for our senior graduates on Saturday, June 19, 2021. The graduation ceremonies will take place at the following times: City Honors at 10:00 a.m., Morningside High School at 2:00 p.m., and Inglewood High School at 6:00 p.m. Congratulations to our Class of 2021!

Senior Graduation Photos

To Parents and Guardians of our graduating seniors: Our District would like to acknowledge all of the achievements of our seniors with a special recognition. We would like to include a photo of each of our graduates that will be displayed on our website and social media platforms. It is not required to have a professional take their senior portrait, however there are some image specifications that must be considered when submitting photos. Please click here to review specifications and to submit your senior’s photo.

SoFi Hiring Inglewood Residents Students 

SoFi Stadium is looking to fill over 3,000 open positions with qualified candidates for the upcoming NFL season for both the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, concerts, comedy shows, community events and more! SoFi Stadium has made a commitment to hire 35% of all Event Day staff from the Inglewood community. Graduating seniors who are interested in the sports and entertainment industry, are encouraged to apply for part-time positions. Please click here to access a list of jobs that include Guest Service Representative, Technical and Mobility Ambassadors, Concession and Landscaping and the dates for future hiring events. In addition, SoFi Stadium partners, Legends, ABM Industries and Contemporary Services Corporation are also actively seeking qualified candidates for over 2,000 open positions at the hiring fair as well. Please explore the available positions by visiting the following websites:

Food and Beverage, and Merchandising Jobs with Legends

Crowd Management Jobs with CSC

Janitorial Jobs with ABM

Thank you staff, parents, students, and community members for your ongoing support and commitment to the success of our district. 



Erika F. Torres, Ed.D., MSW 

County Administrator


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