Students return to healthier, greener, more modern schools
Projects funded by Measures Q and R

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JFK students celebrate their new track and field at a ribbon-cutting last week.Nicholas Elementary has a new playground and garden.Hiram Johnson High School's new gym floor.The outdoor classroom at the School of Engineering and Sciences

SCUSD students returned to their schools last week to find their campuses greener, healthier and safer thanks to Sacramento voters who passed Measures Q and R in 2012.

Over the summer, SCUSD facilities crews worked hard to replace roofs and windows, upgrade plumbing, resurface playgrounds, install outdoor learning labs and modernize heating and air conditioning systems.

Bond funding from Measures Q and R made the improvements possible.

“I am very proud of our team for their tremendous work this summer to improve our learning environments for our students,” said Cathy Allen, Assistant Superintendent of Facilities Support Services.

One of the biggest projects was installation of a $5.9 million athletic stadium at John F. Kennedy High School.The stadium features an artificial turf field, recycled rubber track, new bleachers, a new concession stand building with restrooms and new landscaping.

Made in the USA with recycled rubber, the sandwich-style track surface is free of harmful heavy metals and durable enough for world-class performance training and competition. The equivalent of 7,000 passenger tires was kept from landfills through the recycling process.

The field is made of natural-looking AstroTurf GameDay Grass which is used in such collegiate football stadiums as those at Michigan State University and Kansas State University. A study by the NFL Charities Foundation shows that GameDay Grass helps lower the risk of ankle and knee joint injuries.

At C.K. McClatchy High School, the gym received a $2 million facelift that includes new heating and air conditioning, new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant bleachers, new basketball backboards and hoops and upgrades to restrooms and locker rooms.

The gym at Hiram Johnson High School was similarly improved and received a new maple floor.

The School of Engineering and Science in the Pocket neighborhood was given a new outdoor classroom. Nicholas Elementary School was upgraded with a new playground and new community garden.

In all, more than 100 projects have been completed or are underway at schools across the district.