Last of portable classrooms arrive |

Last of portable classrooms arrive

The last of the modulars are here.

That’s the word from Truckee Elementary School, which received its final of 15 relocatables Monday. The relocatables, or modulars, house grades K-5 students.

With a crane, workers hoisted the final modular from a flatbed onto a foundation at the elementary school early Monday afternoon.

The new modulars replace older, outdated counterparts. One such modular collapsed under heavy snowfall last winter at Glenshire Elementary School.

“This allows us to remove the DOH (Department of Housing) trailers that aren’t engineered for an adequate snowload in this area, ” said TES Assistant Principal Danny Hyde. “We won’t have to get up and shovel as much this winter.”

John Britto, director of facilities and maintenance for the Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District, said “These modulars are approved by the Division of State Architect as actual school buildings and are complete with ADA and snowload regulations.”

On Dec. 21 last year, a Glenshire DOH modular with a 25-pound-per-square-foot snowload collapsed under a three-foot, 16 to 24 ppsf layer of snow. The state’s snowload requirement is 160 to 240

ppsf for structures.

The final modular is one of 15 newer models used by the more than 300 elementary school students.

Sierra Mountain Middle School received its final modular Tuesday, while two more are to be installed today at the Tahoe Lake School in Tahoe City. Five more will go to Kings Beach Oct. 21. In total, there will be 29 new modulars added to the school district.

The modulars alleviate classroom overcrowding in local schools, particularly Glenshire.

“At Glenshire, they were doubling up in classrooms,” said Britto. “One was holding class in the gym. Another was on stage in the music room.”

Fifth-grade science teacher Renee’ Arington said the new modulars will improve her classroom.

“Where the wall was paneling, it is now corkboard so we can hang things on the wall,” said Arington. “Also we will have running water in the modulars.”

Arington said students will also have Internet access for this first time in the modulars. She said her average class size is 27 students.

The modulars do not serve as a temporary solution, said Britto.

“They’re pretty much long term. There’s no more room for growth at Truckee Elementary, so it could be a while before we could take away from that site,” said Britto.

Hyde said the most recent modulars installed at TES will be used by third-, fourth- and fifth-graders. It will take teachers roughly three weeks to move into the new modulars.

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