District to Relocate Students from Madison Elementary School to Adams Early Childhood Learning Center (ECLC)
October 25, 2019: Based on observed conditions at Madison Elementary, a structural engineering firm, Ficcadenti Waggoner and Castle, was retained to assess the structural integrity of the buildings at Monroe Elementary School. After visiting the school site, reviewing the plans, performing ultrasonic testing, and observing the current conditions, they have determined that there are no life-safety concerns relating to structural elements at Monroe Elementary School. Thus, the District will not be re-locating students and staff from Monroe Elementary School.
October 22, 2019: Monroe Elementary appears to be of similar design to that of Madison Elementary School. Out of an abundance of caution, we are in the process of thoroughly testing at Monroe. Should it be necessary, the district is prepared to act swiftly at Monroe Elementary, as it did at Madison Elementary. Information regarding the results of structural testing at Monroe will be shared as available.
October 17, 2019: Traffic Update from the City of La Quinta
PRESS RELEASE: October 12, 2019 - Desert Sands Unified School District administration will be relocating classroom instruction from Madison Elementary School in Indio to another district-operated facility in La Quinta. Madison Elementary School will be closed this week, October 14-18 to allow the district to make the physical transition. School will resume on Monday, October 21 for all students of Madison Elementary School at Adams Early Childhood Learning Center for the foreseeable future. All families and staff have been sent notification of this plan. In an overabundance of caution, the district is responding to a recommendation made by the contractor currently working to modernize the school.
On Friday, October 11, 2019, at approximately 5:10 pm, a structural engineer from LPA, Inc., notified the district that there was corrosion at the base of some of the structural columns of the building. The school was built in 1990. Design and construction of the school involved a modular design with metal support columns. The degradation of the columns was discovered during the current renovation and LPA recommended that the areas of the school be closed until such time as a full inspection is done and work to rectify the situation is complete. Superintendent Scott L. Bailey immediately assembled the DSUSD team to discuss options. He noted, “The safety of our students and staff is our top priority and relocating them as a family to another facility was the number one choice. The decision to relocate the Madison student body and staff allows us the time to direct efforts to resolve the situation. Students and staff will be together at a site where they can conduct business as usual - the business of education.”
Additional details will be forthcoming over the next few days. In the meantime, a staff meeting is being held on Monday to address staff questions and concerns as well as opportunities for parents to meet with the district team.
Questions may be sent to Public Information Officer Mary Perry at 760-771-8502 or Mary.Perry@DesertSands.us.