HINKLEY – When Hinkley Elementary School begins next week, students will notice a new fence and decorative gates along the front of the campus that was installed after PG&E provided a $36,000 grant.
The new fence is just one of the beautification projects made possible at the K-8 school through charitable contributions from the utility. And on Tuesday (Aug. 14), PG&E delivered a ceremonial check for the fence replacement to members of the Barstow Unified School District. Hinkley Elementary is part of the district in San Bernardino County.
PG&E’s Ray Gonzalez, a senior government relations representative, presented the beautification grant that covers the cost to replace approximately 800 feet of old chain link fence with decorative wrought iron fencing and gates at Hinkley Elementary School. The work to replace the fence began a few weeks ago and should be finished about the time the students return to school on Aug. 20.
“We have enjoyed an excellent ongoing partnership with Barstow Unified School District and the school district has allowed PG&E to hold its monthly Hinkley Community Advisory Committee meetings in the school’s multi-purpose room,” said Gonzalez.
Earlier this year, PG&E and the community celebrated the dedication of a new shade structure at Hinkley Elementary School. The 20-foot high structure – which measures 30-feet wide and 45-feet long – was paid for with a $22,000 grant from PG&E.
PG&E continues working closely with the school and district officials. The school is scheduled to receive a new water system as part of a recently-reached settlement agreement related to contamination from hexavalent chromium.
PG&E has taken responsibility for the contamination and its top officials have stressed the company’s ongoing commitment to remedy the situation in Hinkley and working in partnership with the school and the local Community Advisory Committee that was launched last year.