By Jim Tortolano/Orange County Tribune
The lamp has been lit.
At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education, a resolution to install temporary lighting at athletic fields and courts at all seven comprehensive high school campuses was approved.
The vote was 4-0 with Board Member Terri Rocco absent.
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.
Also on Tuesday night, the board honored employees of the month. Do Tran, a custodian at Anthony Elementary School was the classified employee so honored and Jeanie Jo, a teacher at Simmons Elementary School was the certificated employee chosen.
The next board meeting is scheduled for Sept. 20.
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.