Plant Ops - Grounds


The Grounds department is committed to providing an inviting, pleasing, and safe environment for all students, staff and the community of CUSD. The Grounds and landscape department consists of One Manager, two Supervisors, a Team leader at each of our High schools, a Team leader for Construction and Hazmat services, with 60 crew members to take care of 1200 acres.

Services includes taking care of all landscaping, turf areas, pest control, Sweeping of parking lots and black top areas, irrigation control and repairs, fencing and gate repairs, concrete and asphalt repairs, playground equipment installations and repairs by certified playground inspectors. A full time Arborist is on staff to take care of our 7,000+ trees. All Team leaders are certified through the State as Qualified Applicator to spray pesticides.

The Grounds department is responsible for keeping the quality and safety of our sports fields at a high standard, second to none in the state if not the nation. We host major sporting events like the, CIF State Track meet, CIF State Swim meet, Softball Nationals, World Band Association competitions, City/County All-star football games, Special Olympics games, not to mention the thousands of setups for co-curricular events such as Easter classic for baseball, soccer games for CJSL, Baseball for Fall ball, Football Passing tournaments, etc.

The Grounds department manages the entire MSDS Online enrollment for Plant Operations and is responsible for all Hazardous waste including:
  • Collection
  • Reporting
  • Cleanups of any hazardous waste spills throughout the District
  • Oversee compliance with Department of Pesticide Regulations, City and County Health department, Board of Equalization,
  • both Fresno and Clovis Fire Dept., Department of Toxic substance Control, and AB 2260 the Healthy schools Act
  • Submit applications annually for Hazardous waste Business plans for every site that generates Hazardous waste.
  • Monitor the hazardous chemicals and specimen waste in our Biology and Chemistry classes
  • Monitor oil and batteries pickups at Transportation and auto shops.
Grounds Manager Picture
           Ralph Westcott
Grounds & Landscape Manager

Managers Corner

Quite a lot has happened over the last year; some of which we could have never imagined. Between COVID and devastating wildfires fires, we remained “all hands-on deck”. The all hands-on deck was the only predicable part of this past year. I say this because I am only a small part of a great team that truly came together to accomplish our common goal of upholding our Clovis Unified Standards. While many were working from home our team continued to show up every day.  That is what I believe to be who we are as a department and reflects our dedication to the District and our community. Yes, we miss our students and the cheers coming from our stadiums and campuses and we can’t wait until that all resumes. During these trying times our department has not missed a beat in anticipation of the return of our students.  Ballfield renovations have all been completed.  When the mow crew completed the task of ballfield renovations, they also detailed all their feeder schools for the return of our students, all while mowing every other week. Multiple planter renovations have taken place with water conservation in mind at Clovis High and Clovis West. A batting cage at Clovis East varsity softball venue was installed and a new drainage system at Buchanan Softball Complex. Our grounds team has planted nearly 100 trees throughout the district, 27 of them are very visible at Clovis East. Although spring is a little over one month away (officially) it is in the air as we are starting to see our students on the fields again. Yes, some trees are staring to bloom and Bermuda starting to push, so let’s hope for a very bright new beginning and those all too familiar sounds that we all miss of our students.  


If you would like to register to be notified 72 hours in advance of individual pesticide applications please view the last page of the above attachment.  For more information on the Healthy Schools Act please visit:

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