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CUSD Board to Talk Summer Projects

Tonight's open meeting will go over plans for a new roof at Citrus Avenue and carpeting at Emma Wilson to name a few improvements in the works.

Posted: May. 16, 2018 3:47 AM
Updated: May. 16, 2018 7:39 AM

Chico, Calif.-- With summer vacation just a few weeks away, Chico Unified is gearing up for some major improvement projects while students are out of class.

Wednesday night, the CUSD Board of Trustees will discuss plans for several different campuses.

The roof at Citrus Ave Elementary School dates back to the 1970s, and the pro's will tell you a roof is really good for just about 8 to 10 years.

So, at the top of the list for the CUSD is a campus-wide roofing project.

This is not a part of the Measure K funding which is currently providing for about $82 Million worth of renovations and expansions - Summer work is an annual part of the district's budget.

This is just one item on a list of about $145,000 worth of improvements at 10 different sites set for the summer.

"Typically we're chasing leaks - we're out there when it rains and it's distracting to the teachers, to the classroom and we want to minimize it and it gets to the point where the right thing to do is replace the room and get the best, longest use out of the building and not have that distraction for the kids," said Assistant Superintendent Kevin Bultema.

Also planned is new carpeting at Emma Wilson School and tree work at Little Chico Creek School.

Five CUSD campuses will get new playground equipment for the upcoming school year.

It's not just construction - the board will also be discussing a change to the district's master plan.

Earlier this year the board decided that a portion of the district's vacant Canyon View property be set aside "Inspire" to move to as they outgrow their space at Chico High.

When Measure K was approved by voters, there was a promise to follow a certain master plan, and keep the tax payers updated.

"Inspire started with a relationship with the CUSD, the decision was made to place it at that location for specific reasons, but frankly we've both outgrown that so this really is the future. related to Measure K, a portion of those dollars are allocated for charter schools," siad Bultema.

That's about 15.3% or $26 Million of Measure K funds that will go to local charter schools.

The meeting is open to the public and begins at 6 p.m. at the Marsh Junior High multipurpose room.

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