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Back to School: California drought forces delay to Truckee field project

Kelli Twomey
Special to the Sun
A look Monday at the wrapped-up work for the Measure U project at Glenshire Elementary.
Courtesy TTUSD |

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Thanks to the community’s support of Measure E and Measure U, a great deal of work has been under way at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District for facility upgrades.

The year kicked off with “quick start” projects — projects that TTUSD identified that could be completed this year, with the majority of the work completed this summer.

What’s new?

The first phase of the Glenshire Elementary School project was in full force this summer; it was completed just in time for the start of school. Two portables were moved and upgrades were made to the parking lot, pedestrian routes, and bus drop off areas. Glenshire has a whole new look and a flow of traffic, enhancing student safety.

Upgrades have been made to the access roads to Sierra High, SELS, the athletic fields and the district office. ADA access was also enhanced. New sidewalks to Sierra High and Truckee High and to Donner Pass Road were constructed.

The district is in close communication with the Town of Truckee and their design teams are working together to improve public access and safety. The Town is working on a larger project, Envision DPR, to address the missing gaps of sidewalk on Donner Pass Road and the school district’s bond project will enhance their project.

The new track for Truckee High School is under construction and on track for completion in October. There is a new restroom building adjacent to the athletic fields being constructed and this will be completed by January 2016, with a spring 2016 opening.

At SELS, restroom upgrades were completed and sinks were added to each classroom.

Parking lot upgrades, painting, new flooring and technology upgrades were completed at Sierra High.

What’s postponed?

The East West Field project at Truckee High has been postponed for a year based on the severe drought we are experiencing. TTUSD did not want to put in a new field that it couldn’t water and felt it was more prudent to wait and not risk wasting taxpayer’s money.

What’s planned for 2016?

Glenshire Elementary School: Phase II of the modernization and security upgrade project will be completed.

Alder Creek Middle School: Project includes new parking lot configuration and a new crosswalk in front of the school.

SELS: The parking lot upgrade and modernization project will be completed.

A new district warehouse/maintenance facility will be constructed at the district office resulting in the demolition of the old facility at Northwoods Blvd. and Donner Pass Road. This area will be used for Truckee High and Truckee Elementary upgrades.

What’s happening behind the scenes?

There is a lot of work being done behind the scenes to ensure the overall plan for facility upgrades projects continues to move forward and remain on schedule.

Earlier this year, architects and design teams were selected for the Measure E and Measure U projects and design is underway for the larger school site projects.

Design is under way for the following:

• Tahoe Lake Elementary modernization and upgrade project with anticipated construction start date of spring 2017.

• Truckee High School modernization and upgrade project with anticipated construction start date of spring 2017.

• Truckee Elementary modernization and upgrade project with anticipated construction start date of spring 2018.

• Kings Beach Elementary modernization and upgrade project with anticipated construction start date of spring 2018.

• Donner Trail modernization and upgrade project with anticipated construction start date of spring 2018.

The permitting and agency approval process will be under way in 2016 so that the planned projects for 2017 can begin as scheduled.

Community workshops will be scheduled throughout the planning and construction phases of the larger projects to keep the public informed and up-to-date on the projects and solicit input.

Kelli Twomey is Coordinator of Parent & Community Relations at the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Visit ttusd.org for detailed project sheets and more information.