School board approves maintenance and safety repairs |

School board approves maintenance and safety repairs

At a special board meeting Tuesday night, the Pleasant Ridge Union school board approved to move forward with necessary roofing repairs at Alta Sierra Elementary School and Cottage Hill School. Trustees also voted unanimously to continue construction on a new safety gate for Cottage Hill that superintendent Rusty Clark said would help to keep people from wondering onto the campus.

“Our whole goal is the security and safety of kids,” Clark said. “Our key factor is when the kids are in school, if we had to lock down, we’d have the immediate ability to do that.”

During the 2012-13 school year the Landmark Construction Company went into an agreement with the district to expand and modernize specific classrooms at the Cottage Hill campus. To move forward with the project, ramps, handrails and a security gate mirroring the gate located at the front portion of the school needed to be installed to make the project compliant with the Americans with Disability Act.

“We want it to look aesthetically pleasing though,” Clark said. “We don’t want it to look like a prison. That’s the last thing I want. But parents will still have access to the campus during pick up times, and special events. It’s not there to keep parents off the campus.”

Parents at Tuesday’s meeting, though, were concerned that the school’s playground and park areas would not be accessible for families during the weekends and after school. Clark said that when built, the gate will only be open during school hours, but said the district might have to rethink the closing of the gate during the weekends to allow families to access it. The gate project will cost $28,837.61.

In June, Clark requested roofing repairs for the Alta Sierra Elementary walkway, and an entirely new roof for a facility at Cottage Hill. As approved those repairs will cost more than $34,000 total. The project will include renovation of a Cottage Hill library.

“We’re not going to let it sit anymore. We’re going to do something with that building,” Clark said Tuesday. “It’s going to be a year-long project based in different phases, and the roof is the first phase.”

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email or call 530-477-4236.

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