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School District Projects

Site selection and environmental analysis for new school projects are a specialty area for GrassRoots staff; our reports and evaluations address not only CEQA requirements, but also the California Department of Education’s site selection and evaluation criteria.

Elk Grove Unified School District

Elk Grove Elementary Schools: During the development boom in the Elk Grove area, EGUSD was faced with the need to construct and open numerous elementary schools to keep pace. Debra Lilly managed preparation of 10 site-specific and programmatic environmental documents:

Laguna Ridge High School/Middle School: Debra Lilly managed preparation of an EIR for this combined high school/middle school in the midst of the East Franklin Specific Plan Area of Elk Grove. The EIR relied heavily on existing environmental review documents to allow cost-effective, consistent completion of the CEQA process on an expedited schedule.

Los Angeles Unified School District

Central Los Angeles High School: Initial construction grading of a new high school led to the discovery of remnants of Los Angeles City Cemetery, requiring burial recovery efforts. more

Arial View of River City High SchoolWashington Unified School District

River City High School: An EIR and addendum were prepared for a 90-acre joint-use high school/community college/aquatic center in West Sacramento. Agricultural conversion and proximity to a now-abandoned rail line were focal points of the analysis.

Natomas Unified School District

West Lakeside School Project: As part of a controversial proposal to construct a magnet high school in Natomas, Ms. Lilly managed early analysis of the site, which was located within the area of the Natomas Basin Habitat Conservation Plan and under the flight path for Sacramento International Airport.

San Juan Unified School District

Rio Americano High School: The district requested assistance in evaluation the environmental impacts of upgrades to existing athletic fields; noise and light were key considerations, along with proximity to the American River Parkway.

School BusChanges to Districtwide Bus Policy: Ms. Lilly managed evaluation of changes to the district’s bus policy with regard to traffic, safety, and air quality.





A Not-so-elementary School Project

Typically, environmental review for a new elementary school is a relatively simple process, often addressed in an IS/MND. EGUSD’s Cosumnes River Elementary School Relocation project EIR, however, involved a constraints/opportunities analysis of six sites, environmental analysis of three separate locations, and more than 30 separate federal, state, and regional regulatory agencies. More