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New classroom wing at Ceres High School nears completion
The new Ceres High classroom wing will be done next school year but is now occupied by Alex Khan and his math students. - photo by DALE BUTLER/The Courier

Ceres High's new $3.3-million six classroom addition will be fully operational during the 2017-18 school year.

"It's in the final phase," said Amy Peterman, assistant superintendent of Business Services Division for Ceres Unified School District. "We have a couple classrooms that are being used right now."

Teacher Alex Khan and his Integrated Math 1 students are currently being housed in Room 32.

Khan provided a tour earlier this month.

"The district's very supportive in making sure you feel welcome and get everything you need so everything runs effectively," he said.

Ceres Unified will also complete construction projects at Central Valley High School, and Walter White, Westport and Hidahl elementary schools.

"We do a good job at looking at our available funds and spending our money in the most effective way," Peterman said. "Our first priority is housing students. It's also important we're modernizing and upgrading."

The district has an estimated budget of $4 million for improvements at Central Valley High School, set to break ground before summer. A six-classroom addition will be constructed behind the H wing next to the Ag Department. The new wing will house 180 students.

"We'll move forward with the project as soon as the architectural plans are approved," said Peterman. "We're hoping to be able to use it during the 2018-19 school year."

Stadium lights will be added at Central Valley with completion set for August.

Peterman said it was important the school's soccer teams had a place to practice at.

The new classroom addition eliminates current practice fields.

"At this point, we don't have plans to complete the rest of the stadium," Peterman said when asked if the school's football program would host games anytime soon.

Metal iron fencing will be installed around the perimeter of Walter White, Westport and Hidahl elementary schools this summer for a total cost of $600,000.