Journalist Thaddeus Miller has covered towns in the Central San Joaquin Valley since 2010, writing on everything from the latest news to government and police accountability. A native of Fresno, he joined The Fresno Bee in 2019 after a stint at Merced and Los Banos.
Fresno adds high school in fastest growing part of town
Sanger Unified’s shiny new high-tech campus is a sign of upcoming growth in Fresno’s fastest growing area, executives said Tuesday.
The $ 54 million first phase of what is to be Sanger Unified’s second high school and college campus is in the city of Fresno on Fowler and Jensen avenues. Authorities greeted him on Tuesday by cutting the ribbon.
The campus is currently called Sanger High West. The students will finally have the task of officially naming the new school and choosing its mascot.
Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer said the city plans to build space for 40,000 new households on the outskirts of the city.
“Southeast Fresno is going to have the fastest growing in all of Fresno,” he said. “We’re going to need more educational institutions.
There are a few new subdivisions across Fowler Avenue from campus that will eventually accommodate 2,900 students, and more are planned in the area.
The 561,900 square feet of campus structures will include academic and administrative buildings, a media center, two gymnasiums and a theater. The planned sports facilities include several fields, tracks, two swimming pools, fields and more, as well as a football stadium that can accommodate 8,500 people.
Fresno City Council Chairman Luis Chavez represents the southeast corner of the city, which touches the school districts of Fresno, Clovis and Sanger.
He said the city’s general plan made room for these 40,000 households, and he said the city should consider increasing that number.
“If you look at the geographic area of the city, they can’t develop north. This is the growth zone, the new frontier for the city of Fresno, ”he said.
This area of town has seen some development from Fancher Creek, a large shopping center that town leaders often say will rival River Park in the shops and restaurants it offers.
The areas of Fresno County that saw the strongest growth spurts according to the latest U.S. Census figures were on the eastern edge of Clovis and in the southeastern part of Fresno.
Chavez said the goal is to make the area a “20-minute neighborhood,” which means school, shopping and entertainment are all within 20 minutes of homes.
Sanger’s Unified Superintendent Adela Jones said the 13,000-student district adds about 250 new students per year.
The Sanger Unified School District board of directors was due at its Tuesday night meeting to formally designate the Sanger High West campus as its second high school and college.
Further buildings are planned just north of the standing structure.
Sanger voters approved two bond measures – Measure S in 2015 and Measure A in 2018 – for more than $ 150 million to kickstart the projects.
“Planning for that (growth) has been very important to us,” she said.