Administration planning for increasing enrollment

The Taft City School District is taking another step towards accommodating an anticipated increase in enrollment at Lincoln Junior High in the coming years.
SCArchitect was hired last week to draw up plans to move two modular buildings on the Lincoln Annex campus across the street to be placed on the main campus.
It's going to increase the capacity of the school as student population increasing in lower grades indicate the District is seeing an increase in in enrollment that will soon exceed Lincoln's capacity.

District enrollment has increased by about 100 students in the past year.

The Board discussed the plan to move two of the portables, built as part of a jump site to house students from elementary schools during modernization projects, across the street.

The two classrooms will be placed on a basketball court between the Lincoln Gym and the cafeteria.

The Board of Trustees voted pay SCArchitect to prepare the plans and specifications to move the two classrooms for a $50,00 fee.

Paperless agendas

In another move, the Board found it will be getting agendas electronically instead of printed out on paper.

The District is switching to Boarddocs, a system already used by the Taft Union High School District

Director of Information Services Tom Brown updated the board on the switch, which is mandated to bring the District into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Currently, agendas are sent out by email with scanned documents as PDFs.

The ADA requires that the agenda be text instead of images to allow them to be enlarged for easier viewing by the visually impaired, Brown said.

One school District that was not in compliance was fined and spent an additional $30,000 to come compliant with ADA requirements.