Roosevelt Elementary Addition & Modernization Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Tulare City Schools
Document Title
Roosevelt Elementary Addition & Modernization Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Tulare City School District (District) Roosevelt Elementary School Addition and Modernization Project (project) is located along West Sonora Avenue, between South Sacramento and South Howard Street in Tulare, California. The Roosevelt Elementary is Grades 1-4 and is adjacent to Mulchay Middle School, a prekindergarten/ kindergarten and Grades 5-8 campus. The District has developed plans to expand the Roosevelt site to accommodate/shift all the transitional kindergarten/kindergarten (TK/K) classrooms. Currently, TK/K students must cross West Sonoma Avenue. The proposed project will eliminate the need for students to cross a busy city street to access the other campus, thus improving both pedestrian and vehicular safety and creating efficient traffic flow. In addition, the District proposes to shift the main entrance to the campus from West Sonora Avenue to South Howard Street. Currently, West Sonora Avenue is closed in the morning and afternoon so that parents can drop off and pick up their children, which also creates traffic congestion and safety concerns. The proposed project includes five new buildings: a multi-purpose building, an administrative/library building, and three classroom buildings. The project also includes the removal of two existing classrooms, remodeling and repurposing the existing multi-purpose room, cafeteria, and select classrooms, replacement of the existing play areas, installation of a small new parking lot, paved walkways, bike racks, an entry signage, and shade structures with photovoltaic (PV) solar panels, as well as the re-landscaping the campus. The purpose of the project is to increase safety, streamline access to school grounds, increase energy efficiency, bring buildings into compliance with California Department of Education (CDE) Title 5 regulations, offer improved amenities and construct new classrooms to create an atmosphere that will provide an enhanced learning and teaching experience. The proposed project will not increase the capacity of the student population and faculty by more than 25%. The project will modernize facilities, upgrade school infrastructure and add solar panels as parking lot shade structure. These features will lower the District's energy demand and offset electricity that is generated by fossil fuel burning plants with clean, renewable solar energy. The project would also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and lower emissions of criteria pollutants generated by idling cars in the morning and afternoon. Beneficiaries of the project include the students, faculty and staff, the District, the community, and the region.

Contact Information

Joyce Hauff Nunes
Agency Name
Tulare City School District
Job Title
Assistant Superintendent of Business
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


Cross Streets
W Sonora Ave and S Howard St
State Highways
Roosevelt elementary and Mulcahy middle schools

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Class 3, 4, 11 & " - 1530l (a),(c),&(g): 15303(e): 15304(b): 1531 l (b): 15314
Reasons for Exemption
• Under Section 15301 (a) and (c), the project includes the repair, maintenance and upgrades to existing structures, facilities, and mechanical equipment involving no significant expansion of the existing use. • Under Section 15303 (e), the project includes the installation of new fencing and other accessory structures, such as the installation of PV solar panel shade structures to help offset electrical demand at the school and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. • Under Section 15304 (b), the project includes minor alterations to the campus with new landscaping to accommodate the new improvements. • Under Section 15311 (b), the project includes the construction of a small parking lot appurtenant to the existing school grounds. • Under Section 15314, the project proposes new classrooms within the existing school campus that will not increase the student population or the capacity of the schools by more than 25%. The project will upgrade existing buildings to be in compliance with CDE requirements, improve safety conditions for students, faculty and staff, parents, and the community, streamline access to school grounds, increase accessibility, and result in added amenities to enhance the educational experience for the students and similarly the benefit faculty, staff and the community.
County Clerk


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