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Facilities and Planning

The Facilities Planning Department serves the District by developing and renovating school facilities to accommodate existing and projected students and staff. The process includes goal definition in collaboration with site and district administration, plan development with architect, and others, development of a finance plan with government grants, joint use, fees, special taxes, and bonds.

The department acts as property acquisition agent to buy land, liaison to other agencies reviewing and approving school projects such as the City, County, California Department of Education, Office of Public School Construction, Division of State Architect, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Merced Irrigation District, PG & E, and other state agencies.

The department manages construction bids, and contract administration during construction, administers the District labor compliance program, and reports to the State project expenditures and answers state audit questions.

The department acts as a liaison regarding facility issues with outside organizations such as the Building Industry Association, the media, athletic booster organizations, and community groups. The Director is the District’s designated California Environmental Quality Act Officer and deals with city planning issues affecting the District.

The Facilities Planning Department also collects developer fees on behalf of the elementary school districts in the rural area and within the boundaries of Merced Union High School District.