Vista Colorado Elementary School New Kindergarten Building


SCH Number
Public Agency
Needles Unified School District
Document Title
Vista Colorado Elementary School New Kindergarten Building
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
Removal of the play equipment and installation of three modular classroom buildings, connected as one building, and a play yard. Site clearance and preparation is anticipated to start in June 2020. Beneficiaries of the project include Needles Unified School District and school staff and students because of the campus upgrades and improved learning environment.

Contact Information

Dr. Mary McNeil
Agency Name
Needles Unified School District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Bernardino
Cross Streets
700 Bailey Avenue

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
14 CCR §15314 Class 14, Minor Additions to Schools.
Reasons for Exemption
Class 14, Minor Addition to Schools (CEQA Guidelines § 15314), consists of minor additions to existing schools within existing school grounds where the addition does not increase the original student capacity by more than 25% or ten classrooms, whichever is less. The addition of modular classroom buildings is included in this exemption. The project includes removal of play equipment and installation of three modular classroom buildings and a play yard. The site is within existing school grounds and the classroom addition would not exceed ten classrooms. The classrooms could accommodate as many as 81 students (27 students x 3 classrooms), which is an increase of 20% over the existing enrollment at the elementary school (408 students). The increase in student capacity is less than the maximum 25% increase allowed under the Class 14 exemption. The project qualifies under the criteria for an exemption under CEQA Guidelines § 15314. A review of the possible exceptions to the exemption, as outlined under CEQA Guidelines § 15300.2, determined that no characteristics or circumstances would invalidate findings that the project is exempt from CEQA (see “Supplement to Notice of Exemption”).


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