Process Of Building New Schools
Proposition MM, San
Diego City Schools plans to build 12 new and three rebuilt schools to
in the city's most densely populated and rapidly growing areas. The
Planning Association (San Diego) recently gave the school district a
place award, recognizing the effective methods used to engage community
members in planning new schools.
is a simplified
overview of the new school process:
outreach (6 months)
district works with various community groups to identify potential
within the area where the new school is needed. Several factors are
including proximity to parks or libraries, opportunities for joint use
with the City and the community's existing development plans.
review (12-24 months)
district prepares an Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The report
environmental issues associated with building a school on each
site, from traffic congestion to endangerment of protected species. The
district gets feedback on site selection from community planning
meets with the community, then makes a final site selection
to the Board of Education.
acquisition, relocation, demolition (12-24 months)
is approved, the school district begins to acquire property, relocate
and demolish and remove buildings. The district holds community
retains a relocation consultant and develops a relocation plan to
that residents receive all relocation assistance and benefits in
with state law. Such benefits can include: housing referrals, rental or
down payment assistance to alleviate financial hardship, moving
coordination with housing assistance programs, etc. As residents
are demolished, the school district is required to verify that the
site is lead- and asbestos-free.
continues after land acquisition and demolition. The school district
with the community to name the new school. Then community members,
parents, students, district staff and an architect join in a Design
Force to design the new school.
We Name New Schools
School Names Committee, comprised of community members and district
oversees the naming of all new or existing schools, facilities, fields,
etc. Anyone can submit a name suggestion. The Committee reviews and
on those suggestions. All name suggestions must then be approved by the
Board of Education. Read the fact
understand the process.
Proposition MM schools remain to be named. If you have a school name
or questions about the process, review Procedure
3300 or contact Janet Delaney, Director of Community Relations, at
(619) 725-5593 or email@example.com.