Tuesday, November 17, 2015

MS-HS Project, November 18, 2015

It has been a long time since I shared an update.  After a long frustrating delay the aluminum panels are finally being installed.  We will spend this winter developing the plans for the final site projects at both the elementary and MS-HS.  Below is a brief recap of the work completed over the last few months.

MS-HS Project

  • Over the past month the bells and paging system became functional again, the column covers in the lobby were installed, the AD office countertops were installed, and many of the final punch list items were completed.
  • The aluminum panels and soffit installation at the front of the school has finally begun.  We are excited for the the exterior to be complete and we are hopeful that it will be done by the end of the month.  
  • The final furniture orders are being organized and will be delivered by the end of December.
  • All of the column covers (existing cafeteria and new lobby) will be painted a matching shade of maroon that will match the wall color in the lobby.  


MS-HS Open House and Dedication Ceremony
The administrative team is planning a dedication and celebration of the MS-HS project completion. The dedication will be Monday, December 14 at 5:30 pm.  The date and time were selected to coincide with the MS-HS Holiday Concert.  We will start with a short dedication in the MS-HS Cafeteria.  After the dedication we will offer tours of the new areas.  Each teacher who is in a new area has volunteered their time for this event.  Coffee and rolls will be served.

The administrative team is also planning a community-wide open house for the start of the 2015-2016 school year.  We are targeting fall fest weekend for this event.  Our vision is that this event  will be a chance for the District to showcase not only our facilities, but also our excellent students and community partnerships.

Final Site Projects
Dan Dreessens from Delta 3 Engineering has completed the preliminary civil plans for the Elementary and MS-HS site development projects.  These plans will be shared with the community and faculty facilities committees over the next couple weeks.  The elementary playground committee has identified their top vendor choice for playground equipment and as started to provide specific feedback related to the type of equipment and site features that will be a part of the primary playground.  Our goal will be to have the proposal to the Board of Education for final approval at the December Board of Education meeting.  The elementary site development is on track for spring-summer 2016 construction.  We are taking a "wait and see" approach with MS-HS project.  The design for the parking lot assumes work to be completed as part of the 2017 Department of Transportation Hwy 33 project.  The DOT recently announced that the project has been delayed.   There is no indication the project will be canceled, however, prior to moving forward with MS-HS parking lot redesign, we want to be confident the DOT project will be completed within a year.