Plant Ops - Grounds

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 50 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

Recent Changes to Grounds and Landscape Services

Grounds and Landscape Services has some big changes in leadership. Our previous Manager, Stan Kawaguchi, retired after 15 years of service in July. Ralph Westcott is the new Manager of Grounds and Landscape Services. Ralph has been with Clovis Unified for the last 24 years in various positions within Grounds, most recently serving as Supervisor for the North side of the district. We are excited to see what Ralph has in store for his department as he has stepped into his new role as Manager seamlessly. Carlos Aleman, former Team Leader at Buchanan Ed. Center, has moved into Ralph’s previous position as Supervisor for the North side. They have both hit the ground running in their new roles.  Carlos is especially busy as the backfill for Team Leader at Buchanan has yet to be selected, thus he is doing both jobs at the current time. It’s an exciting time in Grounds!

Managers Moment

Summer is upon and our grounds department has been in full swing. Our team has completed their  regular scheduled field renovations . In case you haven’t heard Veterans Memorial Stadium also had a facelift. The old turf was removed, then graded, and  65,000 sq ft of sod has been replaced. If you aren’t from Clovis the next question would be “will it be ready for football?”  Thankfully we are all in Clovis so “Yes” it is ready for football, band and anything else that comes our way! The front of the softball complex at Buchanan Educational Center also received a makeover.  If you have a chance, swing by and take a peek. Not many people know just yet….but the east end of Lamonica will also receive a makeover. I am hopeful everyone will enjoy the new look under Thursday and Friday night lights. 

Here is a fun fact I thought I would share.

Did you know ?

Lawns are very efficient oxygen producers. They are about three times more effective than trees, and their season to produce oxygen is much longer. Even a small sized lawn (50x50) release’s enough oxygen daily to meet the needs of a family of for 24 hrs. and absorbs carbon dioxide , ozone, hydrogen fluoride and other toxins.

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