“We want to send a message that things will be different at these schools. They’ve been neglected by both educationally and facility-wise.”
Sac City Unified’s Mary Shelton says the campuses getting facelifts are in the district’s Priority Schools program. The schools are Jedediah Smith, Father Keith B. Kenny and Oak Ridge elementary schools, Will C. Wood and Fern Bacon middle schools and Hiram Johnson High School.
“We want these to be incubators of innovation. So we’re trying out best practices there. We’re doing a lot of work with staff and with principals.”
Shelton says that’s why it’s so discouraging that vandals have already tagged a few newly painted walls with graffiti. They also broke some newly planted trees in half. Shelton says people who live near the schools can help prevent any more damage by keeping an eye out for suspicious activity.