Sulphur Springs School Board to hear organizational reports at regular meeting


Members of the Sulphur Springs Union School District Governing Board will hear reports on the district’s solar project, transportation department and business software updates during its regular meeting Wednesday.

Transportation Report

In the 2015-2016 school year, the Sulphur Springs District utilized 23 buses, two transport vans and one mechanic transport vehicle to help move an average of 646 students daily at 162 bus stops, according to the agenda item.

Bus drivers in the district are required to hold a Class B Commercial Driver’s License and School Bus Driver Certificate from CHP (DL45), and have Red Cross First Aid Certification and medical clearance.  They are also subject to random screenings and required to complete 10 classroom in-service hours per year and a CHP renewal every five years.

Before transporting students, bus drivers complete a pre-trip inspection as well as Preventative Maintenance Inspections (PMIs) every 45 days or 3,000 miles.

During 2015-2016, CHP performed 31 bus inspections one terminal inspection that resulted in zero violations, the report read.

Solar Project Report

Representatives from PFMG Solar will also provide updates to the board on the district’s solar project including a summary of the system installed, solar usage, solar savings and utility tariffs.

Solar panels were installed at 10 sites in the district and are expected to offset an average of 75 percent of the district’s total electricity usage, according to the agenda item.

In five years this will create energy savings of $320,000 to $400,000, and in 25 years it will create energy savings of $6,040,000 to $7,470,000, according to PFMG.

Business Software

Paul Landry, project director for Los Angeles County Office of Education’s (LACOE) Business Enhancement System Transformation (BEST) project, will present a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to the board about district’s impending software update.

The MOU and funding commitment from the district are necessary for the project to move forward before the project begins vendor negotiations this month.

New software will replace the existing 28-year-old Human Resource System and 17-year-old PeopleSoft Financial System.

Pack K-12 Arts Education Outreach Package

The most notable element of the board’s consent calendar is the approval of artists in residences for all third through sixth grade students at all school site as part of the Arts for All Advanced Grant.

Linda Candid from PAC K-12 Arts Education Outreach Package scheduled the artists at the various school sites for three-day workshops.

Third graders will study music of Native Americans in North America; fourth graders will study music and literacy or dances of California; fifth graders will study theatre instruction; and sixth graders will participate in hip-hop residencies or workshops that focus on Greek Theatre and Mythology.

At Mint Canyon Community School, students will participate in the Santa Clarita Shakespeare Festival Nov. 14 with two 45-minute school assemblies of “Scrooge’s Long Night.”

Additional Agenda Items:

  • Approval of supplemental law enforcement services agreement between the Count of Los Angeles and Canyon Springs Elementary School for STAR Deputy training for fourth, fifth and sixth grade students
  • Approval of the development of a school chorus for upper grade students at Canyon Springs Community School with music consultant from Cultivating Creative Minds
  • Amendment to the previously approved local agreement for child development services
  • License agreement with Santa Clarita Valley YMCA for afterschool care
  • Contract with Vavrinek, Trine, Day and Co, LLP for audit services

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