NEWMAN - Campuses in the Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District are well-maintained and overall in sound condition.
Matt Vargas, the district’s maintenance director, recently reviewed findings of annual campus inspections with the school board.
The reviews, known as Williams Act inspections, are intended to ensure that all students have safe, well-maintained campuses.
Three campuses, Von Renner, Hurd Barrington and Yolo Middle School, were visited by an outside inspector because they are in program improvement, Vargas noted. He inspected the remaining four sites. All results are posted as part of the school district accountability report card.
Two elementary schools, Von Renner and Hurd Barrington, earned “exemplary” status on the inspections with scores in excess of 99 percent.
The remaining schools each scored in the “good” category, meaning that they scored between 90 and 99 percent on the inspections.
Vargas said he takes a critical eye when conducting the in-house inspections.
“There are some things I may pass on, but if it affects our operations I note it and make sure it is repaired as quickly as possible,” he explained. “Overall I’m satisfied with where our schools are in terms of the inspections. I am most satisfied with the upgrades that we continue to make.”
Recent roof repair projects, for example, mean that maintenance staff members spend less time working with leaks and repairing stained ceiling tiles. Energy upgrades at some campus improve management of HVAC systems - reducing wear-and-tear along with the likelihood of failure.
Inspectors, he noted, can downgrade a campus for everything from spider webs and stained ceiling tiles to more serious deficiencies.
No “extreme deficiencies” were identified on any of the Newman-Crows Landing campuses, Vargas reported.
He said the role of the maintenance and custodial staff members is to ensure that students and staff have clean, functional campuses on which to learn.
“It is important to me that we maintain all of our schools,” Vargas stated. “Our staff takes a lot of pride and ownership in maintaining their sites. We’re never satisfied. There is never a day when we will be able to say that we’re ‘done’. Every day we come in and ask when needs our attention that day.
Following are inspection results by school.
Bonita: 96.74 percent, up from 96.49 percent. Inspectors noted Lysol in a classroom sink, a missing drinking faucet, a dirty hood vent, need for cleaning under a stove and refrigerator and low water pressure due to a filter which had not been changed.
Hunt: 93.07 percent, up from 92.09 percent. Among the noted deficiencies were two stained ceiling tiles, spiders or webs in two rooms, a plugged floor drain in the kitchen/multi-use room, a dirty exhaust vent in a restroom, a loose restroom faucet and another faucet head in need of cleaning and Lysol wipes in a classroom.
Von Renner: 99.70 percent, up from 98.73 percent. The only deficiencies noted were leaking vaccum seals on two toilets in a restroom.
Hurd Barrington: 99.65 percent, up from 99.03 percent. A faucet that ran slightly over the allocated 10-second shutoff was the only deficiency noted.
Yolo: 95.30 percent, down from 96.85 percent. Most deficiencies noted at the middle school involved restrooms, with four leaking vacuum breakers on toilets, three sinks not functioning in various restrooms and two hand dryers which were not functioning. Three water-damaged ceiling tiles were also noted in a classroom, as was a loose fountain.
Orestimba: 91.67 percent, down from 94.97 percent. Among the noted deficiencies were slow flushing toilets in a locker room, hard water stains in the cafeteria kitchen sink, dirty ceiling tiles around HVAC vents in a classroom, a malfunctioning classroom door closure mechanism, damaged ceiling tile in a classroom, a dirty classroom floor, stained walls and a broken outlet in a locker room, and a restroom in need of cleaning.
Alternative education: 90.83 percent, up from 90.21 percent. Findings noted included dead flies and spider webs in two classrooms and a fire extinguisher which had not been initialed as required to verify regular inspection.