King City High School’s new electronic sign serves as a convenient means of conveying information to the community. (Courtesy of Karen Jernigan)

KING CITY — A new digital marquee was installed at the King City High School campus, just off Broadway Street, earlier this month.

The electronic sign serves as a convenient means of conveying information about upcoming events to not only students and parents, but also the entire community.

“One of the district’s objectives is to have good internal and external, two-way communication systems with parents, staff, students and community members,” according to a statement from the South Monterey County Joint Union High School District. “… Additionally, we are working to improve the appearance of our campus and the replacement looks much nicer than the previous marquee.”

The cost to replace the sign totaled $8,922.

King City in Bloom volunteers replant the roses they removed to keep them safe during the construction of the new sign at King City High School. (Contributed)

Prior to the installation, volunteers from King City in Bloom and high school staff carefully removed 17 Happy Chappy miniature rose bushes that had surrounded the old sign. They regrouped on Sept. 13 to replant the roses around the new marquee.

“We’re crossing our fingers that the bushes will survive the trauma of being removed and replanted,” said Karen Jernigan of King City in Bloom. “Some of the bushes might not make it, but for those that don’t, we can purchase replacements. Meanwhile, it was a good feeling to be able to save the 20-year-old bushes and try to recycle them to continue to bring beauty to the planter.”

The roses were planted in memory of long-time music teacher Leon Olson, who taught music at King City High School from 1963 to 1990.

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Ryan Cronk is the managing editor for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers general news for South Monterey County and the surrounding communities.


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