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1/22/2014 8:52:00 AM
Move for district's barn, buses is 'down the road'
Courtesy of the Chino Valley Unified School DistrictAn aerial photo of Territorial Elementary School campus shows an empty grass field on the right (east) where Chino Valley Unified School District officials hope to build a new bus barn, bus washing area and bus garage, and later an offices building.
Courtesy of the Chino Valley Unified School District

An aerial photo of Territorial Elementary School campus shows an empty grass field on the right (east) where Chino Valley Unified School District officials hope to build a new bus barn, bus washing area and bus garage, and later an offices building.
Courtesy of the Chino Valley Unified School DistrictThis drawing shows two metal buildings that Chino Valley Unified School District officials plan to build at a proposed new transportation facility location, beginning with the larger building as a garage by this summer and the smaller building for offices to be built later as money becomes available.
Courtesy of the Chino Valley Unified School District

This drawing shows two metal buildings that Chino Valley Unified School District officials plan to build at a proposed new transportation facility location, beginning with the larger building as a garage by this summer and the smaller building for offices to be built later as money becomes available.
Salina Sialega
Chino Valley Review

Chino Valley Unified School District Board took its first look at a proposed new location and buildings for the district's bus barn and maintenance department, and it's just down the road from its current location.

John Scholl, the district's support services director, told the board they would not be voting to approve the plans at the Jan. 13 meeting, only hearing initial proposals. Scholl will present final plans at a later meeting for a board vote.

Scholl said the district hopes to move the bus barn and maintenance department from the high school campus to an open area at Territorial Elementary School (TES), a kindergarten-only school. An empty field east of the school is the proposed location by this coming March or April for bus parking and to pour a 40-foot-by-120-foot slab for bus washing, and by this coming summer, to construct an 80-foot-by-60-foot metal shop.

Scholl estimates that the new shop would cost about $250,000 and the district could get a 10-year lease-purchase loan to pay for it. Payments would be about $30,000 a year for 10 years.

At the Territorial location, buses would enter at a new entrance off Mahan Lane and exit around the north side of the school, west to Road 1 East.

Also, the new location would include temporary offices for employees of the transportation department, maintenance department and food services inside the unused classroom building at Territorial. They would occupy classroom space on the east side closest to new bus barn. Scholl explained that as money became available and when Territorial needs its classrooms back, the district would build permanent offices in a second building attached to the garage and vacate the classrooms.

Three new propane-fueled school buses will arrive for Chino schools in April, and the district wants the new bus barn location to be ready by then and to place a propane storage tank there for the new buses.

Scholl discussed two other proposed changes for the district: a 12,000-sq.ft. grassy area on Territorial's current playground, either of natural grass or artificial turf; and a proposal to move Cougar Lane Preschool and its playground from the high school to Territorial.

Comparing natural grass to artificial turf for the playground improvement, Scholl said artificial turf would be cheaper in the long run because natural grass would have to watered and maintained. He also said he found used turf for sale that is in excellent condition and is less expensive than new.

Moving Cougar Lane Preschool is a good idea, Scholl said, for a couple of reasons.

"We are short on classroom space at the high school and moving Cougar Lane Preschool to Territorial would free up three classrooms at CVHS," Scholl stated. "There is plenty of room at TES to accommodate the preschool.

"In addition, moving the preschool to TES would expand the focus of the school on early childhood education. The preschool students at TES could make seamless transitions to kindergarten at TES, relieving some of the stress that both the students and parents experience when starting kindergarten."




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