The Sylvan Union School District office in Modesto is getting more parking, larger portables and a safer way for motorists to enter and exit the site.
"Access has been hazardous, so we're relocating the entrance," said Superintendent John Halverson said. "And many people park on the grass because we don't have enough spaces, and they get stuck in the mud."
On Sylvan Avenue between Coffee Road and McHenry Avenue, the office will go from 39 to 116 parking spots.
Three 20-year-old portables will be replaced with newer ones that will add more space for offices and meeting rooms. Halverson said the district decided on portables over building permanent offices to save money.
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Construction started in December and should be done in the spring.
Officials are using developer fees to pay for the $1 million project. The fees are paid to districts by developers to offset growth. The money can be used only for construction projects, not salaries or to replace funds cuts by the state, Halverson said.
"And we need to use them soon," he said, noting that developer fees must be used within five years.