Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project involves replacing the existing playground surfacing material; replacing flooring throughout the school; installing HVAC package units; and installing, replacing, or upgrading building control equipment such as CO2 monitors, PEARL Economizer Controllers, and other economizer repairs and replacements. These improvements to the Palms ES campus are intended to be beneficial to the students and staff of the school by improving air quality throughout the campus and enhancing outdoor learning environments.
A Class 1 categorical exemption would apply because the proposed project would require maintenance and minor alteration to the school’s mechanical equipment, which includes to the existing HVAC system, to help improve air quality throughout the campus. As described above, the proposed project would include installation of HVAC package units; and installing, replacing, or upgrading building control equipment such as CO2 monitors, PEARL Economizer Controllers, and other economizer repairs and replacements at Palms ES. Additionally, implementation of the proposed project would require minor repairs to the existing Palms ES campus including replacing the existing playground surfacing material; replacing flooring throughout the school. In addition, the proposed project includes replacement of the existing playground equipment and surficial material.
The proposed project does not involve the on-site use of a hazardous waste incinerator or thermal treatment unit, or the potential release into the air of volatile organic compounds. The proposed project would not add any building space to the existing school and would not increase student capacity. Existing use of the facility as an elementary school would stay the same under the proposed project. Therefore, the project is exempt from CEQA under Sections 15301.
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 Perris Elementary School District, 143 East First Street, Perris, CA 92570.