In Sac City Unified, we recognize that our system is inequitable by design and we vigilantly work to confront and interrupt inequities that exist to level the playing field and provide opportunities for everyone to learn, grow, and reach their greatness. This is also true within our facilities department, where facilities staff not only ensure the physical environments of our schools are clean, safe, and welcoming, but that we also look at those sites and spaces through the lens of equity and environmental stewardship.
Facilities and Student Achievement
Countless studies have shown that the conditions of school facilities affect student achievement and health. Furthermore, studies have shown that students from lower-income zip codes are more likely to attend schools in poorer conditions, and schools in those communities often receive the least amount of school facilities funding*. That is why we not only strive to maintain our school facilities in an environmentally efficient and appropriate working manner, but we have created a first-of-its-kind equity index to guide how our Facilities Plan outlines how we are prioritizing the renovation of our facilities to address significant equity and opportunity gaps.
The equity index identifies the needs of under-resourced, historically marginalized neighborhoods and the student populations identified in the Local Control and Accountability Plan’s (LCAP) goals, using indices established by the Berkeley Opportunity Map and Department of Education’s California School Dashboard. The equity index drives the identification of capital projects rather than traditional means for identifying such projects. The District was recently recognized for this work with the 2022 Leroy F. Greene Design and Planning Award of Excellence provided by the California Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH) and the American Institute of Architects, California (AIA), and we continue to receive inquiries from interested Districts across the state and nation in relation to our facilities plan.* Filardo, M., Vincent, J.M., & Sullivan, K. (2019). How crumbling school facilities perpetuate inequality. Phi Delta Kappan, 100 (8), 27-31. Accessed on February 3, 2022 at https://kappanonline.org/how-crumbling-school-facilities-perpetuate-inequality-filardo-vincent-sullivan/
Major Capital Projects
- Edward Kemble/Cesar Chavez K-6: school rebuild
- Nicholas Elementary: school rebuild
- Oak Ridge Elementary: school rebuild
- Hiram Johnson High: football stadium and concessions
- Hiram Johnson High: new baseball, softball and golf facilities
- Rosemont High: stadium turf replacement
- Luther Burbank High: pool and locker room modernization
- Albert Einstein Middle: new gym floor and roof
- John F.
A History of Inequity
Sacramento has had a long and painful history of racially segregating its neighborhoods* through race covenants like redlining and other economic policies between 1913 and 1948, and appraisal tactics were used to perpetuate real estate segregation into the late 1970’s. Historically, neighborhoods with mostly white demographics were heavily invested in while funding was divested in neighborhoods with higher concentrations of people of color. A near century of these practices has led to predominantly white neighborhoods having a major advantage.