Reasons for Exemption
The project will add three permanent classrooms to the school. Section 15314 indicates that to qualify as a minor addition to a school, the addition cannot exceed ten classrooms or increase original student capacity by more than 25%, whichever is less. Based on the state loading standard of 25 per classroom for elementary school students, the three additional classrooms would add capacity for 75 students. The capacity of Oscar Loya Elementary School is determined by its 31 permanent classrooms, which by using the state loading standard of 25 per classroom, is 775. The addition of capacity for 75 students represents a capacity increase of 9.7% compared to the permanent capacity of the elementary school, well under the 25% threshold.
The project does not meet any of the exemption exceptions specified in Section 15300.2 in that there is no appreciable cumulative impact associated with the project; the project would not have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances; the project will not result in damage to scenic resources; the project is not located on a hazardous waste site; and the project will not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource.