Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Modernization Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Panama-Buena Vista Union School District
Document Title
Panama-Buena Vista Union School District Modernization Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District (District) Modernization Project (project) includes five schools located throughout Bakersfield, California: Hart, Sandrini, and Castle Elementary Schools, as well as Actis and Warren Junior High Schools. The purpose of the project is to upgrade the existing schools with several components that will make the school more energy efficient, reduce electrical demand, modernize existing facilities, offer improved amenities and create an atmosphere that will provide an enhanced learning and teaching experience. Beneficiaries of the project include the students, faculty and staff, the District, the community, and the region by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lower emissions of criteria pollutants. The proposed project includes the following actions: Castle Elementary: Installation of three portable classroom units, and the removal of existing turf to accommodate the site improvements, and the installation of concrete paving to create an accessible path of travel. Solar panels will be installed as shade structures as well. The panels will generate renewable energy to offset the electrical demand of the school. Actis Junior High: Remodel of the administrative building and select classroom buildings, exterior fa9ade improvements to existing buildings, and installation of shade structures.. Hart Elementary: Removal and replacement of existing concrete walkways to improve accessibility, HVAC units, cabinetry and interior floor finishes, reconfiguration of existing accessible parking stalls and student restrooms to meet current ADA requirements, upgrade to the fire alarm system, removal and installation of portable classrooms, playset, and landscaping, and removal of existing tetherball poles and basketball backboards/poles that are located in the fire lane. Sandrini Elementary School: Installation of concrete and asphalt paving to accommodate proposed portable classroom buildings. The new portable classroom will not increase the capacity of the school population by more than 25%. The project involves the installation of new fabric shade structures, landscaping, and a resilient playground surface. Solar panels will be installed over the existing parking area to provide shade, as well. The panels will generate renewable energy to offset the electrical demand of the school. Tevis JR High School: Site accessibility improvements to walkways, ramps, parking, gates, and doors, new site entry and shade structures, replacement of HVAC and roofing, renovation of administration and conference buildings in the form of new ceilings, restroom renovations, finishes, doors, technology, fire alarm, mechanical reroute, and lighting, updated paths of travel to new portable classroom buildings, and lighting replacement, stage lighting, and lighting control upgrades to the multi-purpose building.

Contact Information

Paul Johnson
Agency Name
Panama Buena Vista Union School District
Job Title
Director of Facilities
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Cross Streets
multiple sites- see below for list of school addresses
see below
State Highways
SR 99
these are schools
Other Location Info
1. Castle Elementary School-6001 Edgemont Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93309; 2. Actis Junior High School-2400 Westholme Blvd, Bakersfield, CA 93309; 3. Hart Elementary School-9501 Ridge Oak Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93311; 4. Sandrini Elementary School-4100 Alum Avenue, Bakersfield, CA 93309; 5. Tevis JR High School-3901 Pin Oak Blvd., Bakersfield, CA, 93311

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 1: §15301 (c) (e) & (f) and Class 14: §15314
Reasons for Exemption
The project includes the repair, maintenance and upgrades to existing structures, facilities, and mechanical equipment, involving no significant expansion of the existing use. Solar panels will also be installed to help offset electrical demand at each school. New walkways will be added to improve accessibility and safety. Additionally, under Section 15314 the proposed project consists of minor additions to existing schools within existing school grounds and will not increase the student population or the capacity of the schools by more than 25%. The proposed project will increase energy efficiency and reduce operational electricity demand at the schools. This will decrease greenhouse gas emissions and improve the overall air quality in the City and the region. The project will also increase accessibility and result in added amenities for the benefit of students and staff.
County Clerk


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