SPUSD board hears about summer projects

April 23, 2014
Santa Paula News

Trustees of the Santa Paula Unified School District were presented with a list of potential summer projects in the district.

Assistant Superintendent Donna Rose said the summer break gives the Maintenance and Operations Department the opportunity to complete projects that can’t normally be done while schools are in session. She said that staff has visited each site and consulted with Principals on potential projects.  

Considerations include safety issues that need to be addressed, and routine maintenance that is done during the summer break.  The projects suggested are over and above the normal summer deep cleaning and work order processes that the Maintenance and Operations Department will be scheduling during the break.

The proposed work is scattered throughout the district and includes: $105,000 for repaving the Glen City parking lot, $80,000 for the parking lot and sidewalk at Blanchard School, $13,000 for replacing the kitchen floor and refinishing the cafeteria floor at McKevett School and $15,000 to replace lockers at the Bryden Gym at the high school.

Other proposed work includes tree trimming, re-roofing, patching and painting and other smaller projects. In addition, three trees in the Glen City lot will be removed because the roots are pushing up the pavement, creating a hazard.

Board member Michelle Kolbeck asked that the city be contacted about helping with the cost of the Glen City paving, since the lot is shared with the Community Center and there is an agreement with the city concerning the lot.

Rose noted that the schools summer program will most likely be moved from Glen City to Barbara Webster School this year, because of the work needed to be done at Glen City.

Trustee Christina Urias asked that the city be approached about the condition of Palm Court. She said it’s a safety matter for students at Santa Paula High School. Rose said the issue had been raised in the past and she will bring it up with city officials again. Superintendent Alfonso Gamino noted that the city has been working with the district and he’s confident the city will work with them.

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