A new playfield at Santa Lucia Middle School and an improved bus maintenance and repair facility are a step closer to reality following votes by the Coast Unified School Board.
Trustees voted 5-0 to approve funding for both projects at their regular monthly meeting, Thursday, Sept. 10.
They had already approved $200,000 from last year’s budget toward the Santa Lucia playfield, and voted to set aside an additional $500,000 for the project.
Board President Del Clegg suggested borrowing that money from a fund for future projects at Cambria Grammar School, and the rest of the board concurred.
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The money would be repaid to that fund over time, Clegg said.
“It’s been forever that we haven’t had a field,” he said.
The vote followed an update on the project by the district’s facilities director, Lee Wight, and middle school Principal Kyle Martin.
The playfield will be behind the campus buildings and will be accessed by a new decomposed granite roadway running between the classrooms and the field.
The field itself will consist of synthetic turf and include a multipurpose playing field, along with a track (also on the synthetic turf).
The county is scheduled to review the plans Sept. 14.
The board voted 5-0 to approve $60,000 for an upgrade to the maintenance facility at 2850 School House Lane following a presentation by Transportation Supervisor Carrie Brown.
Brown presented a plan that called for the removal of an old, wooden hazardous waste storage building, along with brush and trees in the area to provide improved access.
The waste would be stored in a new, weatherproof storage container that the district can purchase for roughly $2,000.
The tree removal and grading, along with the demolition of the wooden structure, was pegged at $7,500.
The biggest expense involved in the project would be the purchase of four lifts for roughly $30,000. A new overhead door and lighting were also included in the project, and trustees set aside $10,000 as a cushion for unforeseen expenses.
“It’s a very clever solution and highly necessary for safety,” trustee Cindy Fratto said.
The board also heard updates from the district’s three principals, each of whom reported a successful start to the school year.
Coast Union High School Principal Jonathan Sison introduced teacher Darcy Dobrec and four FFA students, who spoke to the board about their successes at the recent California Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
Sison also announced the formation of some new clubs on campus, including a surf club under the direction of Martin and a blacksmith club. He said Coast Union’s Back to School Night will be Sept. 23.
Back to School Nights have already been held at Santa Lucia and Cambria Grammar.
“Our Back to School Night was very successful,” Grammar School Principal Bob Watt said. “About 70 percent of our parents attended.”
The board also heard updates from Superintendent Vicki Schumacher and the district’s Technology Committee.
Trustees also changed several upcoming meeting dates, as follows:
- Wednesday, Oct. 7 (from Oct. 8).
- Wednesday, Oct. 21 for a budget study session (from Oct. 22).
- Wednesday, Nov. 18 (from Nov. 12).
- Wednesday, Dec. 9 (from Dec. 10).