Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19, 2016 Site Development Update

The recent mild and relatively dry weather has helped with completion of site development projects at the elementary.

Primary Playground
  • The pathways that connect the new playground, the park, and the track are complete.
  • The area is seeded and grass is taking root.
  • A permanent trash can was delivered by Lee Recreation on October 14.
  • Lee Recreation addressed rubber chip coverage concerns on October 14.

Field Event Areas
  • Grading and seeding is complete.
  • The clogged bioretention area was drained on October 11.  The engineer is creating a plan for C&C to:
    • Remove the mud that seeped into the bioretention area during the wet summer.
    • Repair the fabric and  restore the wood chips.  
    • If mother nature cooperates, we will complete these tasks prior winter.
  • The ground sleeves for the discus backstop have been installed.
  • The limestone screenings for the shot put area is complete.
Shot Put and Future Parking Lot 10-19-2016
Shot Put Area 10-19-2016
Bioretention Basin 10-16-2016
Discus Area 10-19-2016
Intermediate Playground
  • The purple playground equipment was reinstalled on October 13.
  • Buddy benches were added on October 13.
  • The blacktop seal coated and repaired on October 7.
  • Lee Recreation addressed rubber chip coverage concerns on October 14.
  • The adjacent field has been graded and seeded.

Handicap Accessibility Path To Track
  • The location below the secondary gym roof drain is still wet.  The path is designed to run along the area where water will discharge during a significant rain event. 
  • The engineer is estimating the cost of rerouting the roof drains to the storm sewer that discharges on the east side of the track.  
  • We will complete this project in the spring.

Auxiliary Elementary Parking Lot
  • Al asked if it were feasible to have C&C complete some of the prep work for the Elementary Parking Lot this fall.
  • Our original plan was to have all of the work completed as part of the 2017 Site Development Projects.  
    • Al feels if C&C could put the geogrid fabric and gravel base in the fall this will allow the parking lot to experience one freeze/thaw cycle prior to being blacktopped. In addition it will reduce the risk of mud runoff seeping into the bioretention area in the spring.
  • This will be an additional cost in the fall, but will reduce the cost of next year’s project.
10-19-2016 Auxiliary Elementary Lot

MS-HS Parking Lot
  • The current design has been shared with the Facilities Committee.  We are looking to have the final design complete by Thanksgiving.  
  • The project will be bid in January.   
  • Work on the Auxiliary Elementary Lot will begin as soon as the ground thaws in the spring.
  • Work on the MS-HS Lot will begin on June 1.  
  • We will put a requirement that the MS-HS lot be complete no later than August 15.
10-19-2016 MS-HS Parking Lot

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Elementary Site Projects

8-22-2016 Primary Playground
8-22-2016 Primary Playground
8-22-2016 Intermediate Playground
8-22-2016 Intermediate Playground
8-17-2016 Intermediate Playground
8-17-2016 Path to Cashton Park

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

New Elementary Playground

7-26-2016 Elementary Playground
7-26-2016 Elementary Playground
7-26-2016 Elementary Playground
7-26-2016 Elementary Playground

Friday, July 15, 2016

Elementary Site Development

The summer 2016 site development projects have started!  The scope of this summer's project is much less than the prior two summers.  However, we are excited to report that over the next couple weeks a new primary playground will be constructed on the west side of the elementary school.  By the end of the summer, new shot put and discus areas will be installed in the green space on the south west side of the school.  The intermediate playground will have new rubber chips and drain tile as well as increased green space for student play.  Finally, sidewalks will be installed to make the track facility handicap accessible and make the entire campus more pedestrian friendly.    Below are a few pictures of the work completed thus far.

7-12-2016 Primary Playground

7-12-2016 Primary Playground

7-12-2016 Discus Area

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

MS-HS Open House

On Monday, December 14, the faculty organized an open house to give community members the opportunity to tour the new and remodeled areas in the MS-HS.  One highlight of the night was Mrs. Butzler's dedication of the time capsule that will be preserved behind the date stone.  Below is the text from her speech.

Honoring Legacy
Cultivating Opportunities
Pursuing Excellence

These words are the foundation of Cashton Public Schools.  In the midst of the construction, the move, and getting ready for this dedication, we have found ourselves numerous times reminiscing in the basement of the school.  As we work to “purge” the old, as well as, preserve the past documents and memorabilia that are important to our legacy, we have been sifting through the history of our lives--this school’s life and the life of this community.  In doing so, have been given a glimpse of what life was like throughout the history of our school.  The earliest historical documents that we have found date all the way back to 1860.  What was life like in 1860?  What do the documents that we have found about the early days of our school say about our students, our staff, and our community?

The answer is...the more things change, the more they stay the same.

At the time this school began, Abraham Lincoln was president and the United States was enduring a civil war.  As the years have passed by, this school district has stood the test of time...through the civil war, through the Wright brothers first flight, through two world wars, through the “Kennedy” era, a civil rights movement, space exploration, the invention of the computer, the I-phone, and social media--the list could go on and on with how much things have changed over the years.

However...the more things change, the more they stay the same.

We Value…
Respect, integrity, and character-I am certain the students, staff, and the residents of  of 1860 Cashton valued respect, integrity, and character as much as we do today.
We Value...
Family and community involvement--This community chose to invest, once again in our schools.  Without your support, this construction project would not have been possible.
We Value...
Leadership development
Persistence and work ethic
We Value...
The challenge to grow as the world grows--Our school has most certainly grown and changed as the world has grown and changed.
We Value...
Engaged and healthy citizens
Tradition while looking toward the future
Our rural identity
And...We Value...
Academic Excellence

Once again, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Honoring Legacy--The very values of our school district, honor our legacy--the legacy of the students, the staff, the culture of our schools, and our community.
Cultivating Opportunity--This new building investment, cultivates opportunities for our students that we have never had before--new curricular offerings, the ability to continue to be healthy and engaged citizens.
Pursuing Excellence---As Mr. Bell has said, just have we have for over 150 years, Cashton Public schools will continue to pursue excellence today and well into the future.

Mrs. Muraski’s Desktop Publishing class worked hard putting the contents of this time capsule together last spring--the spring of 2015.  What story will the contents of this time capsule tell about us...about what we value?  Included within it, we have our 2015 Cashton High School Yearbook and a cell phone-- of course.  There are several books including “Harry Potter” and “The Lord of the Rings,” a copy of the Cashton Record, an Algebra textbook, and several other items that will hopefully give our descendants a glimpse into what life was like “way back in 2015.  Will these items tell our story?  One of Legacy, Opportunity, and the Pursuit of Excellence?  Will these items accurately portray the dedicated individuals that make up the students, the staff, the families, and the community that we live in… I truly hope so…. only time will tell.

Community is defined as….1.  ”a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common”--- and 2.  “a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.”

Back in 1860, way before Hillary Clinton declared that “it takes a village to raise a child,” it is clear that this community was committed, engaged, and proud of our schools.  The legacy of Cashton Public Schools that we work so hard to honor tells us this is so.

Once again, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

Today, in 2015, our community remains constant, committed, and proud of Cashton Public Schools. So...on behalf of our students, staff, and this community, I dedicate this time capsule back to “us”---the students, staff, and community of Cashton, the legacy of who we were, the opportunity of who we can become, and our endless quest of the “pursuit of excellence.”   As Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The more you know about the past, the more prepared you are for the future.”

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.