Pasadena Unified Removes San Rafael Elementary from Surplus

The Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD) Board of Education voted Nov. 19, 2015 to rescind its previous declaration of the San Rafael Elementary School as surplus and authorized staff to move forward with modernization of the site, effectively ordering the campus to remain at its current location in West Pasadena. Recent findings indicated that underlying seismic faults were inactive and that development of the site is possible.

“I am delighted that the board has removed San Rafael Elementary School from surplus consideration, and given direction to staff to proceed with modernization design planning. West Pasadena will keep its popular public elementary school, and I look forward to its further growth and success in providing families with an excellent educational program,” said Board Member Scott Phelps (District 7). “This is a testament to the school’s strong parental support, the community’s strong 7-11 committee and its recommendation to do further seismic evaluation, and the leadership of Superintendent McDonald and Chief Facilities Officer Nelson Cayabyab.”

Following the Board’s decision, district staff will start the planning and the design process to modernize the San Rafael school site.

Findings of an October 2015 report by Earth Systems of Southern California indicated that active faults are not present within the depth and location explored at the campus. According to the report, the potential for surface fault rupture at the site during the design life of the existing structures is considered to be very low. The effects of ground shaking in the event of a large earthquake or a nearby earthquake can be mitigated by proper engineering design and construction in conformance with current building codes and engineering practices.

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