Hughson High summer project doubled parking, beefed up Security and reoriented the entrance to main office
More parking, more security fencing, expanded bus and drop-off lanes, and a new way to enter campus will greet students, staff and the public when classes resume next week at Hughson High School.
Though there still is some finish work to complete, the key parts of one of Hughson Unified’s high-profile summer projects are in place.
Crews removed the old parking lot off Whitmore Avenue along with a grassy area and some mature trees. Doing so allowed the new parking lot to be doubled to 50 spaces. The bus lane as well as the area for parents to drop off students also were realigned.
Black wrought-iron fencing was installed all along the front of the school, adding a layer of security where none was before. And the main entrance to the front office was moved from the north side of the building to the south (facing the parking lot). The new lobby is an area that used to serve as a teachers’ lounge.
“This just secures the campus,” said fifth-year Principal Loren Lighthall, who advocated for the changes. “It keeps kids safe from outside folks. And students now have to go through the main office to leave campus.”
Five security gates embedded within the new perimeter fencing will be open in the morning as students arrive, then be closed by the time classes begin.
The final touches to the project include installation of four tall light poles, two electronic vehicle charging stations and new landscaping. Andy Fontana, the district’s director of maintenance, operations and transportation, expects the work to be completed within two weeks. The entire project cost about $892,000.
The work at HHS is just one of many summer projects Fontana and his crew launched since school let out in late May. The others include:
Hughson Elementary School: A triple-wide portable building was installed at the northwest corner of the campus to serve as the headquarters for the after-school program. A concrete pad was poured to be the foundation for another portable in the future that could serve as another classroom. Total cost of the project was about $430,000.
Ross Middle School: New lockers were installed and the inside of the locker rooms were repainted.
Fox Road Elementary School: The campus got a new playground structure.
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