CARDIFF SCHOOL DISTRICT’S MEASURE GG
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ)
What is Measure GG?
In 2016, Cardiff voters decidedly passed Measure GG – a bond measure to rebuild and renovate schools in the Cardiff School District (CSD). The District is now working on implementing Measure GG funded projects, which include rebuilding and renovating Cardiff School while also providing some upgrades at Ada Harris School.
Why is Measure GG needed?
Measure GG will replace the aging infrastructure of the 55 plus year-old buildings on the Cardiff School campus, improve campus layout for increased student safety, and address the educational needs of the students now and into the future.
Did the community support Measure GG?
Yes. The school bond passed with 65.9 percent of voters in Cardiff voting in favor of the measure.
What is being built and remodeled because of Measure GG?
The majority of work will take place at Cardiff School. Aging classrooms will be rebuilt and optimized for indoor/outdoor learning environments; the field and playground layout will be reworked for better line-of-sight supervision and more functional use; and the multipurpose room will be relocated from the interior of the campus to the front of the campus for increased supervision and security of students and visitors. The new multipurpose room will be appropriately sized for young children and will be able to accommodate the entire student body. Its location closer to parking and the school office will allow for easier public access both during and after school hours.
Minor improvements at Ada Harris School will also be made, including lighting fixture upgrades to increase energy efficiency beginning this summer.
When will these projects be finished?
Construction on Cardiff School will begin in Summer 2019 and will continue through Winter 2020. Between now and June 2019, the District will be working on pre-construction activities like permitting and review with all state and local agencies.
Work at Ada Harris School will start in Summer 2018.
How have plans for Cardiff School changed since the bond measure was proposed?
A conceptual plan was originally developed as a prototypical design for estimating budget numbers for the bond measure. Once the bond was passed, the District entered into formal site plan development.
With a great deal of input from teachers, students, parents and Cardiff residents, the design went through several major changes before being finalized. Some of these changes included relocating the kindergarten classroom buildings from the northwest corner of the campus to the current footprint, reducing the height and orientation of the multipurpose room, shortening the parking and pick up areas, and tightening up the layout of the classroom buildings
Will Measure GG completely cover the costs for these projects or will supplemental funds be needed?
Most of the project costs will be covered by Measure GG with some additional funding coming from California Props 51 and 39, and some District capital project funds.
When was the public review period for the Draft EIR?
The 45 day public review period of the Draft EIR began on Friday, October 5, 2018 and ended on November 19, 2018.
PROJECT SPECIFIC INFO – CARDIFF SCHOOL
How will the new school affect neighbors’ views?
The final Cardiff School design is built primarily within the footprint of the old campus. The new one-and-a-half story multipurpose room will be built adjacent to the school office and at the front entrance to improve student safety. The roof line will be equal to that of the existing administration building. Utilizing the natural slope of the campus, the multipurpose room is situated at the lower point of the campus.
I heard the park at Cardiff School is going away. Is that true?
No. The school playfields, known as George Berkich Park, will remain part of the school campus and community access will continue to be allowed after school hours and on the weekends as it is today. The field and playground layout will be reworked for better line-of-sight supervision and more functional use.
Is there a grant agreement that would preclude the District from building on any portion of the current playfields?
Currently, the District is addressing the compliance of a $160,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund Grant that was entered into in 1993 for the purpose of enhancing the school playfields, known as George Berkich Park. The California State Parks Office of Grants and Local Services is guiding the District through the process already established to meet the changing needs of grant recipients in order to maintain compliance with grant requirements.
Will the dog park still be available for community use?
Yes. The dog park will remain as-is.
What is happening to the school garden and brick building on campus?
The garden and brick building will remain in place.
PROJECT SPECIFIC INFO – ADA HARRIS SCHOOL
What is happening at Ada Harris School?
Since Ada Harris School is a relatively new school, only minor upgrades will be made under Measure GG. The school will receive some lighting fixture upgrades to increase energy efficiency beginning this summer.
When will construction at Cardiff School begin?
Construction will begin in Summer 2019. Until then, the District will be working on pre-construction activities like permitting and review with all state and local agencies.
When will construction at Cardiff School end?
Construction is anticipated to be complete by Winter 2020.