NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A MITIGATED NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE VINEYARD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL ANNEX
PUBLIC HEARING AT THE TEMPLETON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING
DECEMBER 11, 2014
TEMPLETON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
EAGLE CONFERENCE AND TRAINING CENTER
950 OLD COUNTY ROAD, TEMPLETON
The District has prepared a draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) pursuant to the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposed MND, the Initial Study and supporting materials are available for review and inspection at the Templeton Unified School District offices located at 960 Old County Road in Templeton.
The Proposed Project consists of a new 2nd and 3rd grade elementary school as an annex to the existing Vineyard Elementary School adjacent to the west. The initial enrollment capacity will be approximately 450 students. The project will be designed to eventually accommodate 600 students. Proposed structures include:
• 22 re-locatable classrooms
• Administration building (approx. 3,000 s.f.)
• Multipurpose building (approx 6,000 s.f.)
• Restroom Building (approx. 1,000 s.f.)
• Shade canopy (approx 1,200 s.f.)
• Loading dro off shelter (approx 550 s.f.)
Site work will include earthwork over the 12.4 acre site, parking and internal access roads, sports fields and play area, hardcourt for games, site lighting and entry sign. Off-site work includes striping of Vineyard drive to accommodate turn lanes into and out of the project. A sewer line will be extended to Malvasia Court to connect to the Templeton Community Services District sewer main.
The Project will shift around the current elementary student population within the District. In the 2016-2017 school year enrollment is forecast to decrease at Templeton Elementary School by about 177 and at Vineyard Elementary School by 165. These students plus forecast increases will result in 378 students enrolled at the proposed Vineyard Elementary School Annex in 2016-2017.
A community meeting is set for Monday, December 1, at 6 pm in the Eagle Conference and Training Center to allow the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed mitigated negative declaration. A copy of the second administrative draft of the Initial Study of Environmental Impact is available for review at the District Office, 960 Old County Road, Templeton, or by clicking on the link below.
2nd Administrative Draft - Initial Study of Environmental Impact
FREE Flu Mist Clinic
Flu season is here! It is definitely not too late to get your flu vaccination because peak activity for flu occurs between December and February. The school district in conjunction with the San Luis Obispo County Health Department is offering a FREE flu mist clinic next month. Flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat and lungs. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. Flu is unpredictable and the severity can vary widely from one season to the next. Flu in children, older people, pregnant women and those with certain health conditions such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease can be very serious.
Flu Mist can be given to those aged 2 to 49 who are not currently ill, and do not have asthma, diabetes, seizures or other chronic health conditions. A parent must be present for your child to receive this vaccine. Supply is limited so it will be given on a first come, first served basis. There will be a limited number of shots also available for those not eligible to receive flu mist. This offer is available to siblings age 2 or over, parents and staff. In order to get an approximate count of vaccine needed, please leave a voice mail at 434-5824 with the site your student attends and how many people will be receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, please call the nurse at TES (434-5824) or the nurse at TMS (434-3752).
Date and Location: Tuesday, December 2, 2014 2:30 – 3:45 p.m.
TES/TMS Multi-Purpose Room
Statement: Institute instructional practices, rigorous content and data systems to measure student achievement leading college and career readiness and the development of 21st Century skills.
- Increase implementation of common core in ELA and research-supported teaching practices in mathematics
- Increase 21st century learning experiences using performance assessments, internships and presentations of learning
- Increase opportunities for students pursuing certification and career goals following graduation using online courses, new application based courses and increasing enrollment at community college or in certification programs
- Using highly effective teachers at every site to align management evaluation practices and pilot collegial instructional rounds
Statement: Create systems to recruit, hire, empower, develop and promote high performing staff members while minimizing the negative impact of underperforming staff members.
- Improve Human Resource recruitment, interview and recognition practices
- Articulate district versus site responsibility for curriculum delivery
- Provide baseline equipment and instructional materials for the transition to CCSS and SBAC
Statement: Involve stakeholders in developing and adopting a balanced budget that implements the reinvestment plan creating the greatest organizational outcomes for dollars which will be returning to our system.
- Maintain a balanced budget minus strategic spend down of excessive reserves with involvement of stakeholders
- Develop methodology for measuring return on investment for new programs and initiatives
- Establish baseline allocations for district versus site classroom expenditures
Statement: Implement the capital improvement plan and complete projects stemming from Measure H-12 revenue that improves classroom environments, sustainable energy and enhanced educational offerings.
- Design and seek DSA approval for VES Annex and THS projects
- Complete existing projects on time and within budget
- Guide final decision on Solar Project
- Integrate new employees into cohesive maintenance plan
Statement: Create and implement systems which provide regular two way communication between stakeholders and guide the decision-making and evaluation of organizational systems.
- Stakeholder engagement and LCAP development
- Common Core ramifications
- VES Annex, THS construction and solar project
- 360 communication and evaluation
The staff and I are eagerly anticipating the 2014-15 school year. After six long years of struggle related to the fiscal crisis, we are returning to better times. I am happy to report that for the second year in a row the state of California has replaced some of the funding that was stripped away from us. These replacement dollars allowed us to hire new teachers addressing many of the class size issues that surfaced over the last six years. We were able to begin rebuilding our custodial department after seeing it reduced by nearly 50% since 2008. We purchased the first installment of new technology providing over 1000 new computers/iPads. Students at each grade level can expect to experience new educational opportunities as a result of expanded access to electronic curriculum.
That being said, I want to be honest and state that there is still much more to accomplish. Effectively revising our teaching practices to match the rigor and complexity of the Common Core is a multi-year process. The new computer adaptive Smarter Balanced Assessment will provide achievement data in a manner which hasn’t been used before in any school district in the state. We should expect that there will be a learning curve as we transition to a more sophisticated and individualized assessment system. New curricular materials in math, English, science and social science have to be identified and purchased over the course of the next few years. There are significant capital expenses which must be incurred in order to replace vehicles, machines and equipment that are rapidly aging. We must conduct significant construction affecting nearly every campus in order to accommodate growth associated with our improving economy and local housing projects. Finally, we have to address the fact that our employees continue to see compensation and health benefit levels lag behind cost of living increases.
Continued community patience, involvement and support are critical as we prioritize and address these diverse needs. We suffered fiscal cuts over numerous years; it will take numerous years to arrive at levels we mutually desire. Your direct feedback regarding school district operations is highly valued. I encourage you to attend Trustee meetings and Community Forums. Specific dates, times, locations and topics will be posted on the Website which is updated as necessary. Finally, community members are needed to help develop the Local Control Accountability Plan. This document, which must be adopted by the Trustees at a public meeting, describes school district priorities and creates a three year spending plan for core and enrichment services. Please contact Cheryl Parks at 805-434-5805 if you are interested in being part of this new form of school accountability.
I am excited about where we are now but recognize that I must continue to walk the talk for many more years if we are going to arrive at the place our students deserve. Get involved and help us make 2014-15 a huge step along that path!
Joe Koski, Ed.D.,