Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project involves restoration of the roof for all modular buildings, replacement of the existing playground equipment and playground surfacing material, and HVAC improvements, which would include replacement of 47 package units, and installation of one split system, including 47 Plus 50 CO2 Monitors, and 47 Pearl Economizer Controllers. These improvements to the Railway ES campus are intended to be beneficial to the students and staff of the school by improving air quality and the structural safety of all the modular buildings 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 replacement of 47 package units, and installation of one split system, including 47 Plus 50 CO2 Monitors, and 47 Pearl Economizer Controllers. Additionally, implementation of the proposed project would require minor repairs to the existing Railway ES campus including the restoration of the roof at all modular classroom buildings.
In addition, the proposed project consists of replacement of the existing playground equipment and surficial material as well as flooring.
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.