CUSD School Board Requesting Community Assistance with District Air Conditioning Issue

Posted by: Jeffrey Felix 1 year, 10 months ago

CUSD School Board Requesting Community Assistance with District Air Conditioning Issue

The Governing Board for Coronado Unified School District recently chartered an advisory group called the Committee to Analyze the Student Learning Environments (CASLE). This committee was formed as a response to questions and concerns regarding occasional high temperatures in classrooms without air conditioning.

Chaired by Trustees Lou Smith and Lee Pontes, CASLE will include community members with varying skills and interests as well as school site representatives. The committee will analyze the teaching and learning environment in CUSD classrooms, define suitable instructional conditions, and create a long-term, financially viable, and prioritized plan for addressing climate issues. The ultimate objective is providing a safe, comfortable learning environment for our students.

A comprehensive evaluation of all district buildings was just conducted by Cumming Corporation. The report estimated that the cost to fully air condition all buildings would range from $21 to $27 million. Clearly this would be a huge challenge for our small district. The CASLE group will study the issue from multiple perspectives, gather facts to present to the board, and ultimately advise the Governing Board of short and long term solutions for their consideration.

Skilled or well-informed community members, teachers from each school site, and a student representative will be asked to participate in this critical process. It is envisioned that CASLE will meet for at least six to twelve months with a determination to be made later as to the possible need to extend the term of the committee. People interested in serving your community and district on this important team, should contact Trustee Lee Pontes at lee.pontes@coronadousd.net.

The Governing Board looks forward to building a diverse, knowledgeable committee that will provide insightful advice and genuine solutions to this complex issue.