Clovis Unified students will see campus changes

August 17, 2012 12:59:50 AM PDT
On Monday thousands of students in the Clovis Unified School District will head back to school.

Students may notice some changes on campus including some classrooms that underwent a facelift.

Fifth grade teacher Laurel Grabes was among those putting the final touches on her classroom.

"They are going to be thrilled, I think they are going to be very excited," Laurel Grabes of Pinedale Elementary School said.

The first day of school is always exciting and will be even more thrilling for kids at Pinedale Elementary. Not only will this classroom be all decked out, students will see changes all over the campus.

"It was amazing, the transformation is amazing and I want to use the word a real classroom because it felt like we were living in an old school classroom," Grabes said.

Principal Allison Hernandez is also thrilled with the upgrades around Pinedale Elementary School.

"Everything inside the room from the desks to the carpet everything is brand new at Pinedale - you would never know this classroom was built in 1952," Hernandez said.

Hernandez says the newer and more comfortable setting encourages kids to focus on learning.

"We had a very antiquated air conditioning system, the only way to get air conditioning was from this wall and there was no ventilation to circulate it from this classroom across the classroom so if you were sitting by he door you wouldn't necessarily feel the air conditioning," Hernandez said.

All 43 schools in the Clovis Unified School District got some renovations over the summer break, but eight of those schools including Pinedale Elementary and Lincoln Elementary got a serious overhaul. Measure A money is making all of this possible.

The $298 million facility bond goes towards maintaining and repairing Clovis schools.

"We would absolutely not be able to invest in our facilities in the way we do in Clovis Unified if our community did not support bond measures," Kelly Avants of the Clovis Unified School District said.

Now with only a few days left until 160 kids head back to Pinedale staff members say they can't wait to show off the school's changes.

"I am beyond excited I can't wait for them to enter the classrooms and see everything new," Grabes said.


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