Benito Juarez Elementary School Renovation Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Anaheim Elementary School District (AESD)
Document Title
Benito Juarez Elementary School Renovation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The District proposes to construct an 8,228-square-foot Multi-purpose Room (MPR) building, with an additional 3,500-square-foot flex lab and music room. The existing lunch shelter at the location of the MPR will be reconfigured. The District also plans to reconfigure the existing 7,025-square-foot library and two Learning Center rooms. New play apparatus and surfaces are proposed as well. The project will enhance educational opportunities at the school and will not change student capacity. The proposed project will benefit the district, students, and staff by improving the educational environment.

Contact Information

Isela Vazquez
Agency Name
Anaheim Elementary School District
Job Title
Director of Facilities Planning
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Southern California
Other Location Info
841 Sunkist Street, Anaheim, CA

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 2, CCR §15302, Replacement or Reconstruction; Class 3, CCR §15303, New Construction or Conversion of Small Struct
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed MPR and music and flex lab rooms are exempt from CEQA under Class 14, Minor Additions to Schools (Section 15314), where the project “does not increase original student capacity by more than 25% or ten classrooms” The proposed project would decrease classroom numbers by one and is within the Class 14 exemption as it does not exceed 10 classrooms or increase capacity by more than 25 percent. The proposed replacement of the existing lunch shelter with a new lunch shelter and replacement of the existing library and classroom with reconfigured library and classroom are exempt from CEQA under Class 2, Replacement or Reconstruction (Section 15302), which includes replacement of structures that “will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced.” The proposed replacement of the lunch shelter would have substantially the same purpose and is in the same location as the lunch shelter replaced within the project site. The proposed reconfiguration of the library, learning center rooms and science lab are exempt under a Class 2, Replacement and Reconstruction, as interior modifications of existing buildings. The proposed play apparatus is exempt from CEQA under Class 3, New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures (Section 15303), which includes “Accessory structures including garages, carports, patios, swimming pools, and fences.” The addition of play apparatus and surface materials is exempt from CEQA under Section 15303, New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures. 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, available for review at the District office.
County Clerk


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