Joe Walker in April opened a $4.8 million gymnasium that will be shared by students and community recreation programs for adjacent George Lane Park. The gym cost was split three ways, with Westside pitching in about $1.8 million, and the state and Los Angeles County contributing about $1.5 million each, officials said. Westside’s share was paid with fees from home builders. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! QUARTZ HILL – Construction is scheduled to begin in February on a $5 million refurbishing of Joe Walker Middle School. The work will include retrofitting heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, installing new carpets and updating the electrical system. “The school was built in 1972, so it’s over 30 years old, and parts of it need to be repaired to comply with the latest codes,” Superintendent Regina Rossall said. The modernization project is costing more than $5 million, with the state providing $3 million. The work is scheduled to be completed within six to eight months and be done before the start of school in August. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake The district is paying for its portion with funds from a special school construction tax approved by voters. Westside voters in June 1989 approved an $8.5 million bond measure. The tax was extended by voters in 1998 to 2026 to raise $14.7 million. Two other schools, Leona Valley and Vallew View schools, are nearing completion of their modernization work. Leona Valley’s modernization cost $600,000, with $350,000 paid for by the state. Valley View’s work cost $2.1 million, with the state pitching in $1.2 million, Rossall said. Joe Walker, Leona Valley and Valley View are the last of the district’s older schools to be refurbished. Work on Quartz Hill and Del Sur schools was completed earlier.