School upgrades in full swing
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Mar 20, 2013 | 1151 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Five local schools have doubled as construction sites within the past few months as Patterson Joint Unified School District spends $17 million in state money to renovate old buildings and construct new ones.

Work began in November using money the district received from the State Allocation Board in June for the upgrades.

While the efforts to modernize local campuses have caused some inconveniences for school staff members and students, Steve Menge, the assistant superintendent of administrative services, said they are temporary.

“It’s actually been going well and everything is on track,” Menge said Thursday, March 14. “It’s kind of like a domino effect — when we finish one thing, do another.”

At Las Palmas Elementary School on West Las Palmas Avenue, the office staff will move into a front classroom near the street while the office is reconstructed — a job that will begin as soon as a new parking lot is completed.

The administrative office will be made larger and be given a new entry, floor and ceiling.

Half a block away on North Seventh Street, the Patterson High School campus is a buzz of activity, with construction crews working on a new 12-classroom building on the North Seventh Street side of the campus.

That building should be finished and ready to occupy by May. At that point, crews will demolish the portable classrooms on the North Seventh Street side of the campus.

Construction on a new administrative office will begin and the music room and library will get new roofs in the next few months.

Older classrooms will also be demolished to make way for new classrooms at Northmead Elementary School, 625 L St., and Grayson Charter School in Westley.

At Del Puerto High School on M Street and Ward Avenue, the blacktop is down, classrooms and restrooms have been completed and work is almost complete.

Del Puerto’s office staff will move into a portable classroom soon so work on new administrative office can be done during the summer break.

School districts are eligible for modernization funding from the State Allocation Board if students attend class in permanent buildings that are at least 25 years old or portable classrooms that are at least 20 years old that have not been previously remodeled with state funds.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or

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