Students in the Lindsay Unified School District will return to school to find some major changes on several campuses.
The most notable change is the installation of security cameras at schools. Director of Operations and Maintenance, Del Corley, said graffiti cost the district more than $20,000 last year. He said he hopes cameras will inhibit graffiti and other destructive vandalism at all of the school sites.
For students and teachers at Steve Garvey Junior High School, the new gymnasium is expected to completely change the face of the school. The gym is scheduled for completion sometime in November. Garvey has also received two new portables. One will be used as a computer room and the other as a classroom.
A much needed renovation of the Lindsay High School Gym roof is underway. Though it will not be completely done when students return, Corley said there is a dry-roof up and the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) units will be running. The gym is also getting brand new exterior doors. The cafeteria at LHS will be repainted before the summer ends.
Washington Elementary School will undergo probably the biggest renovation; moving the mosaic that sits in front of the school inside to a hallway. Corley said maintenance will begin moving the mosaic after other renovations have been completed. Washington will also receive a new paint job as well as new portables and air conditioning units for those portables. Portables being used for classrooms will also be carpeted.
Maintenance workers will also be reroofing buildings at Lincoln Elementary School.
Jefferson Elementary has also received a newly carpeted portable. "The school is spending approximately $1.5 million dollars on renovations," Corley said. "It is paid out of the bond money and with developer fees."