CVHS security officer Steve Green acknowledges students on the first day of school in his new super golf-cart.
element - behind the wheel of his
new super golf-cart - Green
slowly zooms across an open area on campus.
...When Chino Valley Unified School District security officer Steve Green receives a call on his radio, there's no telling what a group of 1,000 high school-aged kids are up to.Green
usually answers these calls from his
electric golf cart, an iconic vehicle around Chino Valley High School
Three weeks ago, that golf cart received an overhauling, Green
This is an understatement.
"The student council gave funds for the golf cart sooping," Green
said while driving in the now lifted, large-tired, and shiny-rimmed vehicle."They tried to put spinners on it."
Green's golf cart now has sirens, a P.A, and police lights on its top.
"They changed the colors of the lights because they were the same as police cars... they're orange and white now," Green
The vehicle can achieve speeds of as much as 25 mph, Green
said, but he
wouldn't want to go that fast because he
has to navigate tight spaces around CVHS
"It's an obstacle course here (CVHS)."
Although fun, the cart offers serious benefits.
"I got a call (Thursday) on my radio because there was someone in distress near the band room.A student had a seizure.They wanted me to direct the ambulance.There are situations where I need to respond quickly," Green
is entering his
third year as the school's security guard.
"I love my job."
Now Green loves his
"I'm beyond thankful to the student council and to Officer (Brandon) Frost.Without them, I'd be on foot patrol," Green
"It's more or less for Mr. Green
and I to be positive role models."
Even before the overhauling, students loved seeing the golf cart, Green
The vehicle is well known on the CVHS campus.
"Throughout the year, they (CVHS students) beg me for rides.I try to tell them that is not what this is for, but every so often I break down.It helps me solidify a relationship with the kids," Green
On Monday, the first day of school, students tried to exploit more than a few rides.
During her first day of school, Rachel Fountain, a freshman, landed a ride with Green
after asking where the gym is located.
A CVHS student hollered to Green
while passing by.
"Lights under the carriage," Green
"You need hydros on that thing," the student responded.Green
said last year some CVHS students altered a sticker on the front of the cart to read "Stud" instead of "Student Resources."Green
smiled while recounting the harmless prank.
With such a fun vehicle, Green
has to remember to walk every so often.