New 8-foot-tall black wrought-iron fencing being installed at Fairlands Elementary School will both enhance campus security and expand outdoor play areas for students, Pleasanton Unified School District officials said during a school-wide ceremony held on Friday to commemorate the occasion.
The entire Fairlands student body and PUSD staff, including principal Shay Galletti, PUSD Superintendent David Haglund and Trustee Joan Laursen, attended the late-morning event at which a number of prizes in various categories were also handed out to different classrooms.
The Fairlands fencing project is the first funded by the 2016 voter-approved Measure I1 facilities bond that the public will really be able to see, according to PUSD officials, since other recent Measure I1-funded upgrades like new HVAC at Pleasanton Middle School and new network cabling and power management at Amador Valley High School aren’t as readily visible.
Improved safety on campus is the No. 1 benefit of the new fencing, which is about a quarter of the way completed, Galletti told the Weekly.
“These are projects that were really needed and it’s the community coming together to provide for our children,” Galletti said about the fencing projects currently underway at Fairlands, as well as Mohr Elementary and Harvest Park Middle schools. “It’s also going to be expanding part of our playground,” she added, since the new gate will enclose more of the property.
District facilities and construction director Nick Olsen said state-mandated ADA upgrades on several handicapped parking stalls are also part of the plan. A combined total of $922,600 in Measure I1 funds will pay for work at all three campuses. Construction is slated to complete in August, before students arrive for the beginning of the school year.