More lighting at high schools

TEMPORARY lighting for high school outdoor sports facilities goes before the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education went it meets on Tuesday (Shutterstock).

Let there be light … at the athletic fields.

When the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education meets on Tuesday, it will hold a public hearing on a proposed resolution to install temporary lighting at athletic fields and courts at all seven comprehensive high school campuses.

Under SB 328, all public high schools in the state are required to begin classes no earlier than 8:30 a.m. That would make the school day end later and extend many extracurricular activities – especially athletics – past sunset.

The response is to install lighting at those schools. Before the board is a proposal for football/track, soccer, baseball and softball fields, as well as tennis courts for Bolsa Grande, Garden Grove, La Quinta, Pacifica, Rancho Alamitos and Santiago.

Lighting for Los Amigos is expected to come before the board in October.

SB 328 is a bill requiring the later start to the school day based on the reasoning that studies show better academic performance, school attendance and health for students.

Middle schools may not start classes earlier than 8 a.m.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. at 10331 Stanford Ave., Garden Grove.

The GGUSD is a K-12 system serving most of Garden Grove as well as portions of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.

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