Closure of Los Coyotes Middle School

Summary

SCH Number
2021010018
Lead Agency
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
Document Title
Closure of Los Coyotes Middle School
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/5/2021
Project Applicant
Edith Florence
Present Land Use
School

Document Description
The project consists of the closure of Los Coyotes MS and transferring Los Coyotes MS students to Benton and Hutchinson MS. To accommodate the relocation of students from Los Coyotes MS, a temporary modular classroom building will be constructed at both Benton and Hutchinson MS. With the construction of the two classroom buildings, there will be adequate capacity at Benton and Hutchinson MS to house the estimated 326 students from Los Coyotes Middle School. Improvements will occur on campus, and no off-site improvements will be included as part of the project. The District and educational community will benefit financially from the elimination of excess student capacity.

Contact Information
Edith Florence
Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District
12820 Pioneer Boulrvard
Norwalk, CA 90650

Phone : (562) 868-9014
eflorence@nlmusd.org

Location

Cities
La Mirada
Counties
Los Angeles
Zip
90638

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Statutory Exemption
Type, Section or Code
PRC Section 21080.1 c
Reasons for Exemption
The project includes the closure of Los Coyotes MS and students from Los Coyotes MS will be relocated to Benton MS and Hutchinson MS. A temporary modular classroom building will be constructed at Benton MS and four classroom buildings will be constructed at Hutchinson MS. Closure of a school is exempt from CEQA under PRC Section 21080.18 where the schools receiving relocated students do not require an expansion of student capacity exceeding 25 % of original student capacity or the addition of more than ten classrooms (Class 14, CCR §15314, Minor Addition to Schools). The transfer of Los Coyotes MS students to Benton MS and Hutchinson requires a total addition of five classroom (1 at Benton and 4 at Hutchinson). The project qualifies for an exemption as the school closure is exempt under PRC Section 21080.18 and the minor improvements needed to accommodate student transfers to Benton MS and Hutchinson MS qualify for a Class 14 categorical exemption. No off-campus improvements will occur. No changes in facility use would occur; therefore, the project is exempt from CEQA under Sections 15314. The proposed project was also reviewed for possible exceptions under Section 15300.2 and found that the exceptions do not apply. See Attachment to Notice of Exemption for further explanation of the evaluation, which is available at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Office, 12820 Pioneer Boulevard, Norwalk, CA 90650.
Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 14 CCR §15314
Reasons for Exemption
The project includes the closure of Los Coyotes MS and students from Los Coyotes MS will be relocated to Benton MS and Hutchinson MS. A temporary modular classroom building will be constructed at Benton MS and four classroom buildings will be constructed at Hutchinson MS. Closure of a school is exempt from CEQA under PRC Section 21080.18 where the schools receiving relocated students do not require an expansion of student capacity exceeding 25 % of original student capacity or the addition of more than ten classrooms (Class 14, CCR §15314, Minor Addition to Schools). The transfer of Los Coyotes MS students to Benton MS and Hutchinson requires a total addition of five classroom (1 at Benton and 4 at Hutchinson). The project qualifies for an exemption as the school closure is exempt under PRC Section 21080.18 and the minor improvements needed to accommodate student transfers to Benton MS and Hutchinson MS qualify for a Class 14 categorical exemption. No off-campus improvements will occur. No changes in facility use would occur; therefore, the project is exempt from CEQA under Sections 15314. The proposed project was also reviewed for possible exceptions under Section 15300.2 and found that the exceptions do not apply. See Attachment to Notice of Exemption for further explanation of the evaluation, which is available at the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District Office, 12820 Pioneer Boulevard, Norwalk, CA 90650.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
LosCoyotes_NOE   PDF 159 K

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