Solutions to facility needs presented to the SSUSD Board

Solutions to facility needs presented to the SSUSD BoardSIERRA SANDS UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT — The conclusions from the citizen volunteers of the Building Schools for Tomorrow Committee (BSTC) were presented to the SSUSD Board of Education at its Feb. 17 meeting.

The committee met four times to hear presentations on facility needs, an overview of SSUSD finances and potential solutions. During each session the committee broke into discussion groups to examine a range of topics relating to public education, then came together to report to the body the findings of individual groups.

The 26 volunteers represented a variety of backgrounds, experiences and interests in the community, and along with district staff and consultants spent more than 12 hours to researching, discussing and building consensus on the report presented to the SSUSD board.

Eleven of those volunteers also showed up to the February 10 board meeting to hear the presentation of their report. Committee members Norman Alexander and Monte Frisbee thanked the district for the learning opportunity and encouraged others to learn more about options for funding school improvements.

“Our staff began exploring facility needs and options for funding more than two years ago,” said Dr. David Ostash, SSUSD superintendent.

“I am so grateful to those who volunteered their time to help us identify priorities and get a sense of what is important to our stakeholders. The energy, enthusiasm and discipline of this group was amazing — even our consultant commented on how impressed she was with our community participants.”

Individuals can review the BSTC report at on “news” page of the district website,

The school board will consider taking action on the committee recommendations Thursday, March 3, at 7 p.m. in Ridgecrest City Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend.

Courtesy photo: Members of the BSTC committee and Sierra Sands staff during a presentation about the condition of school facilities.

Story First Published: 2022-02-25