LOCKPORT – Jordan Pollard’s last year at Lockport Township High School began Thursday and he’s looking forward to how it will turn out.
Other students and school officials have high hopes for the school year as well. Students poured into classes and cafeterias for the first day of classes Thursday at Lockport Township High School District 205.
Some of what’s in store includes a nearly revamped athletic stadium, a new football coach and more opportunities for student involvement.
Pollard, 17, said he’s taking some fun classes this year, including creative writing and journalism. He’s trying to keep up his 3.3 grade point average.
“I’m looking to prepare myself for college,” he said.
Dennis Hicks, East campus principal, said he always has high hopes and great expectations for staff as the school year begins. He said the staff is ready to create opportunities for students to develop academically and socially.
“They are wonderful, wonderful students from many different homes,” he said. “It’s always a nice day when I walk into the school and today we had a great first day … it seems like we’ve been in school a couple of weeks from how they just handled themselves.”
Over the summer, the school district worked on replacing the track and grass field at its athletic stadium with artificial turf. Superintendent Todd Wernet said the project is almost complete and workers are painting and striping.
That was one of the things – including new football coach Dan Starkey – that Brian Goff, the school district’s athletic director, was looking forward to this year.
“I can’t wait to get on that and see how it works,” he said about the stadium.
Other new things students can expect this year is the installation of window air conditioning units at the Central campus, which will help alleviate the hot weather that kicks up in late August, September and spring, Wernet said.
School officials have also relocated the Career and Community Connections program, which was held off campus but is now located at the Central campus, he said. The program provides vocational opportunities for students with special needs.
“We’re excited about maximizing our campus space there and enhancing services,” he said.
Samantha Smith, 17, is looking forward to senior year activities at Lockport High School for her last year. She’s taking advanced placement classes and plans to attend University of Wisconsin.
“I’m looking to graduate and move on to bigger and better things,” she said.