Saugus Board to review district safety, facility projects

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Various safety projects and facility updates are expected to be reviewed and approved by the Saugus Union School District Governing Board during its meeting Tuesday.

The first is for a Lobby Remodel/Single Point of Entry Project at James Foster Elementary School.

This contract with Gonzalez Goodale Architects is expected to support Phase One in the district’s Comprehensive Master Plan and provide improved security for campus.

“It will include the addition of an entry door on the ‘public’ side of the perimeter fence, directing visitors during the school day into the Administration Office rather than allowing uncontrolled access to the campus,” the contract read.

The Measure EE project is expected to cost no more than $13,398 and begin construction in summer 2018.

The Governing Board is also expected to ratify a contract with Redrock Security & Cabling Inc. for the Electronic Locks Project at the District Office.

This Measure EE Safety and Security Project will replace existing locks that are failing and cost a total of $21,162.40.

The board is also expected to approve a contract with Integrated Security & Communications for a door, hardware and locks at Highlands Elementary’s Child Development Program that is expected to total $14,523.70, and a contract with Floor Connection to replace the carpet in the fiscal department that is expected to total $14,606.75.

It is also expected to approve of two contracts with A.A.P. Construction, Inc. for the creation of a Human Resource Director’s Office, totaling $6,950, and for the creation of office space from an existing storage room, totaling $22,200.’

Visitor Policy

A policy about visitors and outsiders in the district is also expected to be reviewed for a second time at the district’s Governing Board meeting Tuesday.

The policy, which was first reviewed Oct. 17, details the expectations of district personnel and visitors when they arrive on campus.

According to the updated policy, all visitors should register immediately when they enter a school building or grounds and should be accompanied when child care activities are in session.

Any outsider, vendor, consultant or service provider who provides a service, program, assembly or workshop to students is required to be fingerprinted and background checked and is required to provide TB test verification before working with students.

In addition, materials for “student use” must be shipped to school sites and remain in the custody of school personnel for the duration of classes, according to the updated policy.

Field Trips

During the meeting, Governing Board members are also expected to approve of field trips for students at Bridgeport Elementary, Cedarcreek Elementary and Emblem Academy.

First and fifth grade students at Bridgeport are hoping to take a walking field trip to a Planetarium set up by JPL in the Bridgeport Community Center on Jan. 18, 2018.

The free field trip is located less than a mile away and students were given access to the event through the Bridgeport Homeowners Association.

First grade students at Cedarcreek are hoping to take a trip to the Moorpark Teaching Zoo March 30, 2018 where they will watch a show with live animals and learning life science standards.

At the zoo, students will begin their unit on animal habitats, animals and their needs and how humans can help in animal conservation.  It is expected to cost $725.

Emblem Academy students are hoping to take three additional field trips during the upcoming school year.

Thirty-three students from Monica Tatlock’s fourth grade class are hoping to take a field trip to the Castaic Lake Water Agency Nov. 17 where they will learn about renewable and nonrenewable resources.

They also will have the opportunity to become microbiologists and learn firsthand how a treatment plant operates.

Ninety-seven sixth grade students in Lori Brink’s, Shannon King’s and Nancy Tomei’s classes are hoping to travel to VT Ranch in Castaic June 7, 2018 to experience the site’s outdoor science/teambuilding program.

Finally, 116 students from JoAnna Cabaj’s, Teresa Mobley’s, Monica Tatlock’s and Alexandra Ungerman’s fourth grade classes are hoping to participate in the Lewis Events California Western History Day and Panning for Gold event Feb. 28, 2018.

The on-site camp allows students to become people of the ranchos for the day and explore different routes to California and what that experience could include.

It also allows students to reenact the Gold Rush and live the life of  gold miner for the day.

Additional Agenda Items

  • Approve of appointing Jason Warren Gibbs to the Measure EE Citizens Oversight Committee
  • Conduct second reading and adoption of board policies: Advertising and Promotion; Joint Use Agreements; Business and Noninstructional-Transportation Safety and Emergencies; and Solicitation of Funds from and by Students
  • Conduct first reading of board policies and administrative regulations: Criminal Record Check; and Instruction – Classroom Interruptions; Instruction – School Day; Instruction – Concepts and Roles; and Early Retirement Option
  • Declare board policy and administrative regulation obsolete: Instruction – Classroom Interruptions; and Early Retirement Option
  • Review board policy and administrative regulation: Volunteer Assistance
  • Approve California Dashboard Local Indicators Report to determine whether the district has Met, Not Met, or Not Met for two or More Years  each indicator
  • Hear a report from Ilan Fuss from Sage Renewable Energy Consulting, Inc. about the feasibility of a district solar project
  • Approve of contract between the California Reading and Literature Project and Cedarcreek Elementary for CRLP Results Word Recognition and Fluency training

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