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    Summerland Elementary School

    The Summerland Elementary School conceptual plan re-envisions the site and capitalizes on the topography by creating a new Lower Campus that serves as an outdoor classroom. On the main campus, all portables will be replaced with new modulars. A new lunch shelter and hard court will be built. Significant ADA improvements will be made to the campus as well as new ramps and retaining walls for safety and security.

    Site allocation


    • Measure U funds: $$2,532,850
    • Other funds: $3,467,150 (sale of Toro Canyon property and developer fees)


    • Replace 4 portable classrooms with 6 new modular buildings
    • New ramps and retaining walls
    • New lunch shelter

    What’s Next?

    The original design concept for Summerland School utilized Gen7 modular buildings. As the design progressed and the construction sequencing plan was further developed, it became apparent that switching to site-built buildings instead of Gen7’s would be a better option for Summerland.

    There were several deciding factors. First, the location and topography of the site causes significant constraints with regard to construction. For example, there is not enough room for a staging area for mobilizing the modular classrooms and additional heavy equipment such a crane would be necessary to construct the modular buildings on the site.

    Second, costs for conventional construction on this particular campus are similar to those for Gen7’s while providing more flexibility. Third, the Cape Cod design scheme shown above is more compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.

    On January 28, 2020, the Board of Trustees approved the option of utilizing site-built buildings. In addition, the Board approved reducing the number of classrooms by one. The revised plan consists of an office, three classrooms and a combined library/multipurpose room.

    The next step is to obtain approval of the coastal development permit from the County and develop drawings to submit to the Division of the State Architect.