Amador Valley High School broke ground Wednesday on construction for a new shade structure that will provide students some much-needed relief from the Tri-Valley heat.
Principal Josh Butterfield thanked the community for their support at the groundbreaking ceremony at the school, which was also attended by Pleasanton Unified School District trustees, cabinet members and former trustee Valerie Arkin, a current City Council member.
"Everybody chipped in to make this moment possible," Butterfield said.
One of many improvements originally listed in the Measure M bond initiative that failed to pass in the March 2020 election, the shade structure will consist of tall aluminum poles and extend over the quad area on campus, from the grassy knoll to the Senior Cafe. The design will cover approximately 8,000 square feet and allow for more space between tables and among students.
Dedicated to upgrading and improving local schools, the group called We Are Pleasanton has spearheaded the project over the past year. The recently formed community organization is largely made up of parents from Pleasanton Unified School District including group founder and SideTrack Bar + Grill owner Todd Utikal.
After receiving more than 100 contributions from the Pleasanton community as well as local businesses and organizations, We Are Pleasanton raised a total of $225,000 for the structure, which is the first project funded by the group.
"I think people donated to this, as it was very specific," Utikal said toward the end of the ceremony. "We made it very clear where your money is going, and so I think they'll see the results in a couple months."
Matching funds include $27,500 each from PUSD, the Amador leadership class, and the Walker Family Trust, as well as $3,000 from the Pleasanton Rotary Club. The shade structure is expected to be completed by the start of the school year.