Washington gym getting closer

By Nancy Gutierrez

As the multi-purpose gymnasium at Steve Garvey Junior High School nears completion, the possibility of a similar building for Washington Elementary School slowly approaches.

At the Lindsay Unified School District board meeting Aug. 23 members were informed of the latest news regarding the Washington multipurpose building. Director of maintenance and operations, Del Corley, said the district will go to bid on construction for the site in September. Five weeks after the bids are received the board will decide whether to accept or reject the lowest bid and whether or not to proceed.

The cafeteria at Washington Elementary School, which was initially built to hold approximately 500 students, is the only room equipped to hold large amounts of people. Enrollment numbers provided at the board meeting said the elementary schools currently house more than 700 students each. The new gym would allow larger groups of students to gather for assemblies.

Lindsay High School Principal Lana Weatherly also gave a report regarding modernization of. The LHS gym will have a new roof sometime this semester and has received new doors. The cafeteria is freshly painted and heating and cooling systems have been installed in several areas.

"We are focused on modernization and we also want to change the culture of the campus," Weatherly said. "[Students] are seeing the fruits of their community and taxpayers efforts. It's a reciprocal relationship and we are making an effort to develop campus pride."

In other business:

  • The board approved a new policy involving student and family privacy rights. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 amended the Protection of Pupil Rights Act.

    The amendment mandates that any district receiving funds from a U.S. Department of Education administered program must adopt a policy regarding the administration of surveys and physical exams/screenings, the right of parents to inspect instructional materials, and the collection of personal information for marketing purposes.

    Healthy Start Director Janie Elson said the change involves older students in regard to personal information. Up until fifth grade the district must have signed parent approval that their child can take a health survey in school to fifth, seventh, ninth and 12th grade students. For students in seventh through 12th grade, parents will receive notice that their child will be taking a health survey.

    If they do not want their child taking the survey they can request to withdraw their child. If the school hears nothing from the parent the child will be given the survey.

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