PEARBLOSSOM — Lake Los Angeles School will get its own wellness center, where students and families of Keppel Union School District can get health support services.
Keppel trustees unanimously agreed Thursday night to spend up to $750,000 on four modular buildings that will house offices, provide open space, and a place for special education students to have a life skills class with a kitchen.
The District will pay for the project with about $250,000 in Local Control Funding Formula funds and about $500,000 coming from Lake Los Angeles School’s Mello-Roos funds.
Superintendent Ruben Zepeda estimated the construction will cost about $600,000. The District also will need to furnish the offices and purchase the kitchen equipment.
“The total $750,000 is on the high end,” Zepeda said. “I don’t anticipate it costing more than $650,000, but I don’t want to be coming back and say I need more money. I want to budget it and I want to move forward with that plan.”
The district will use modular buildings pre-
approved by the Division of the State Architect, which will help save money and time.
The Lake Los Angeles Wellness Center will have an office for a nurse, counselors and outside agencies that will bring services to the community. Those include Social and Behavior Change Communication, Children’s Bureau, Antelope Vally Partners for Health, Healthy Families America, Autism Learning Partners, kinship programs and financial institutions that will help parents learn how to budget.
The project has been more than a year in the making.
Principal Tangie Schatz secured a Multi-Tiered System of Support grant focused on improving student learning and providing social-emotional supports to improve student achievement.
Zepeda said the grant provided the impetus for the district to look at healthy living and social-emotional supports.
“While this one is specific for Lake L.A., it’s having a greater impact districtwide. We know we just can’t focus on academics and more for students to achieve well,” Zepeda said.
That includes feeding students in the morning so they can focus on their lessons, and providing social-emotional support for students who experience trauma and/or abuse.
The Wellness Center is projected to open this August in time for the start of the 2019-20 school year, Zepeda said.
“There will be a special opening ceremony,” Board Vice President Dominique Ballante said. “We need the balloons and cheerleaders to be there because this is something really special and it’s for the whole district.”
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