Parking, cell phone changes are in store at FHS
The new school year will begin at Fredericksburg High School on Monday, Aug. 22, and if the high school campus has a theme, it would probably be “under construction.”
Part of the 2015 Fredericksburg Independent School District bond project, the construction includes adding a new administration office to the front of the building, new classrooms on the south side and courtyard renovations for a new choir space, band hall addition and more rehearsal space.
Other changes at FHS include parking and in the students’ cell phone policy.
Construction is scheduled for completion August 2017.
FHS principal Ralf Halderman said the first day of school would include teachers using a PowerPoint presentation to brief students on the changes.
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School will begin at 7:55 a.m. and end at 3:45 p.m.
First lunch will be from 11:38 a.m. to 12:08 p.m., while the second lunch will be from 12:47-1:27 p.m.
Seniors and juniors may leave campus for lunch, but sophomores and freshmen must stay on campus.
First and sixth periods will be homeroom periods students can use for homework, tutorials, extra-curricular activities or test preparation.
Second through fifth periods will be the 75-minute academic classes set up like fall and spring college semesters.
A freshman, for example, will take English I during one semester (an 18-week period) and then world geography in the second semester.
Halderman feels this new, “college format” will help better prepare students for college and careers.
Fences up are at the front of the FHS building, on the west side, where the administration building will go. The fences and construction means changes in parking.
Halderman said the seniors will still have parking there, away from the construction.
“Our seniors have 106 spots to reserve,” he said. “Junior parking will still be along the FHS Auditorium. Overflow for juniors, seniors and some sophomores that drive will be in the baseball field parking lot.”
Halderman said teachers this year will park on the school’s north side, which faces Texas 16 South. They can also use the teacher parking lot on the school’s east side.
“No parking will be available in the old band practice field by the tennis courts,” he said.
The principal added that student drop off, due to construction, will not be on the high school’s west side but rather in front of the school at the library on the north side.
“We’ll have signs posted for that,” he said. “We can’t accommodate the traffic flow on the west side, so there will be no drop offs over there.”
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