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Grounds Department

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Purpose Statement
The purpose of the Grounds Department is to provide school sites and district facilities an appealing and pleasant outdoor environment to enhance student's and staff's experience.


This is being accomplished by:

  • The development of a long-range landscape master plan.
  • The regular maintenance and groom of outdoor environments.
  • Responsive services to work order requests.
  • Proactive summer planning and development services.
  • The establishment of standards of care for our students, faculty, and staff.
  • Ongoing professional development to meet or exceed our standards of care. 

Scope of Responsibility
All aspects of lawns, trees, bushes, irrigation, pesticide applications, pest control, playgrounds, and auxiliary external spaces. 

Grounds at a Glance
The Grounds Department team consists of twenty dedicated employees who service roughly 200 maintainable acres of District property.

  • Total Acres: ≈ 443
  • Regular Serviceable Acres: ≈ 200
  • Grass and Turf Acres: ≈ 102

Team Profile
Twenty employees on four (4) teams - North, South, Athletics, and Irrigation  

Featured Projects

EDCO Mulch Hannalei

Thank you EDCO for Donating Mulch to Beautify Our Schools

More About the Grounds Department

Contact Us

Office Hours: 6:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Phone: (760) 726-2170 ext. 92704

Rainout Line:  (760) 726-2170 Ext. 92719
VUSD grounds department will temporarily close athletic fields based on weather conditions. This is done to ensure the safety of our students, staff and outside organizations who use our outdoor athletic facilities. 

Our Staff

Anthony Arias
Grounds Manager
(760) 726-2170 ext. 92704
Email: anthonyarias@vistausd.org

Salvador Mayo
Grounds Maintenance Lead North Crew
(760) 726-2170 ext. 92704
Email: salvadormayo@vistausd.org

Robert Johnson
Grounds Maintenance Lead Field Crew
(760) 726-2170 ext. 92704
Email: robertjohnson@vistausd.org

Ernesto Rivera
Grounds Maintenance Lead South Crew
(760) 726-2170 ext. 92704
Email: ernestorivera@vistausd.org

Danica Reed
Administrative Secretary I
(760) 726-2170 ext. 92702

Email: danicareed@vistausd.org

Departmental Oversight

Shawn T. Loescher, Ed.D.
Chief Operations Officer
(760) 726-2170 ext. 92702

Email: shawnloescher@vistausd.org

Danica Reed
Administrative Secretary I
(760) 726-2170 ext. 92702

Email: danicareed@vistausd.org

Last Updated: february 12, 2024