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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