Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the anticipated timeline for funding and construction?
When the project is Division of State Architect (DSA) approved it will become shovel ready and will be submitted to the State for funding approval. This can occur in the next couple of years. We will have a better schedule once the project is DSA approved. Construction could begin as early as 2026.
How is the STEM Education Center being funded?
RUSD Board allocated funds to get through CEQA and design. The district will fund and complete the project through a future local general obligation bond, and State funding.
What are some of the other RUSD projects in process?
- Casa Blanca Neighborhood School: Will go into construction Summer of 2023 and completed Summer of 2025 and Opening in the Fall of 2025.
- North High School Renovations: Includes a new gym and science building. The project will begin Summer of 2023 and completed Summer of 2025.
- Eastside Neighborhood School: Currently under environmental phase. EIR is out circulating until May 29, 2023.
What is the design process?
RUSD is working with Ruhnau Clarke Architects. The design has not been finalized yet. Once the CEQA document is complete RUSD will enter into design development. It could be up to a year before the design is completed. Then it will be submitted to DSA for review and approval. Approval can take up to 8 months.
Will UCR Senate faculty members have teaching or mentoring responsibilities with the proposed STEM Education Center?
No. UCR Senate faculty may choose to volunteer at the school as many have done over the past several years. However, no faculty member will be expected or required to engage with the proposed STEM Education Center. There should be no concerns that UCR students will have less access to professors or that professors will be required to take on additional responsibilities at the STEM Education Center. UCR’s partnership with the proposed STEM Education Center will largely manifest in research opportunities, voluntary or grant-directed community outreach, and student teaching placement for School of Education students.
Were other public schools in the area considered as potential partners?
RUSD invited UCR to partner on this project. The proposed RUSD STEM Education Center is an excellent partnership opportunity due to the many advantages such a high-caliber school brings to our campus including providing excellent student teaching and research opportunities and helping UCR to compete for top faculty candidates. Partnership with UCR will also help elevate RUSD and enhance its ability to provide access to a high-quality education to our community. This partnership is a unique opportunity to help further develop a school of choice and improve our relationship with our local school district. UCR partners with many local public schools in RUSD and other districts through a variety of programs, including CollegeCorps, Project Moving Forward, TRiO programs, Gluck fellows, science fairs, School of Education placements, and more.
The proposed STEM Education Center could repurpose space currently used for recreation. How will the recreation fields be replaced?
We worked with multiple stakeholders, including Campus Recreation and Athletics, to determine the best course of action to meet campus needs for recreational space. New recreation fields were programmed into the North District phase 2 expansion.
How will the proposed STEM Education Center affect UCR students’ access to campus resources?
The STEM Education Center will be funded by RUSD resources and will be entirely self-contained. While the STEM Education Center will not schedule time in UCR classrooms or labs, it is possible that UCR may use the STEM Education Center space after hours.
How will this process allow for input from the Academic Senate?
We will continue to engage in Senate consultation regarding the proposed STEM Education Center. A white paper describing the project and clarifying some outstanding issues from the MOU was circulated to the Senate on July 22, 2018. Several Senate committees were supportive of the proposal including the SOE Executive Committee, the Committee on Research, the School of Business Executive Committee, the CHASS Executive Committee, the SOM Executive Committee, and the SPP Executive Committee. There will continue to be opportunities for input and discussions of this project.
What is RUSD’s diversity plan for the proposed STEM Education Center? How does our partnership take diversity into account?
RUSD has revised the student selection process to support diversity at Riverside STEM Academy. Enrollment slots are balanced equally across our comprehensive high schools. Part of the appeal for UCR in partnering with the proposed STEM Education Center is the opportunity to enhance access to STEM fields for underrepresented groups. The STEM Education Center will reflect the diversity of the district and will hopefully help UCR continue to recruit diverse cohorts of new students.
Where will proposed STEM Education Center students and staff park?
Parking for the STEM Education Center faculty, staff and students will be the responsibility of RUSD, and UCR will not be providing parking spaces to support the proposed STEM Education Center. Independent of any STEM Education Center on-site parking needs, UCR just completed a new parking structure on Lot 13.
How will UCR manage traffic surrounding the school?
UCR continues to work to ensure safe and efficient access to the campus for all community members. These efforts were enhanced with the RTA investment in upgraded transit facilities on Canyon Crest. Access to the highway, reasonable opportunities to park that do not interfere with student overflow parking and the effect on our current traffic patterns will all continue to be taken into account throughout the site development process.
Will STEM Education Center students be permitted to eat lunch on campus?
RUSD does not plan to allow STEM Education Center students to leave the school grounds for lunch. The school will have lunch facilities for their students and UCR campus eateries should not be affected.