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”).