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Tuesday, October 11, 2011 Cold Spring Record Page 5 II YOUR ROCORI SchooLs- bg Scott Staska. Superintendent NOTES ABOUT THE DIS- TRICT This part of the school year is a very busy time! Classes are now well underway, parent- teacher conferences are part of the schedule, fall activities are into the later stages of their sea- sons, and a variety of events un- fold across the district. With all the activity, I thought it would be appropriate to provide updates on a few issues. TRANSPORTATION UP- DATE At the beginning of the year, we made a major change in our transportation system to shift from the two-tier (separate ele- mentary and secondary routes) to a single-tier bus process. As we opened the year, there were a number of issues that were not expected and caused some stress- ful issues across the district. Over the first few weeks of the school year, we were very busy studying the process and looking for ways to resolve the core stress mentary" routes only for the Richmond Elementary site and to include some of the John Clark Elementary students on shuttle routes but dropping them off at their home locations. With the JCE adjustment de- livering some students immedi- ately at the end of the day, it also became apparent that if the other Rockville students were able to shuttle to CSE, they could be de- livered home without going back into the JCE site. This approach saved up to ten minutes on some of the routes. We were able to move the sec- ondary day to allow classes to dismiss at 3:00 instead of 3:05. Although this may not seem like it would do a great deal, it helped tighten the schedules to allow buses to move students home quite a bit faster. The morning delivery process needed, from the first few days, a few more "minor" adjustments to get into a better flow of traffic, shuttles, and overall process. These changes also allowed us to tighten the schedules in the morning and improve the timing for most students getting to school--and have time to get to class, take advantage of the breakfast programs, and see teachers. At this point, we have made most all of the adjustments that seem to make a difference for stu- dents. The process is operating as tightly and efficiently as we are able to make it at this point. We do appreciate the patience that parents and students have demonstrated as we have been examining options and improve- ments. Our bus contractors have been working very hard over these first few weeks to try to get a sys- tem that is as efficient as possi- ble while still maintaining high standards of safety and concern for students. We appreciate the efforts to improve our process. BUILDING DEDICATION Our building dedication pro- gram on Saturday, October 1, was a wonderful program. We had presentations from a number of different speakers--each of whom provided a unique but in- sightful perspective on the build- ing project. The program was conducted in the new Commons at the second- ary site. We had a great presen- tation of the National Anthem by Alexis Hansen following a solemn presentation of the colors by the American Legion color guard. In addition to speeches by school leaders, we heard from Duane Kuss and Pat Salstrand as community representatives and Trek Frantti and Nichole Ruhland who offered student per- spectives. Duane and Pat both served on the task force that brought the project forward. Trek and Nichole hold student leadership roles placing them in position to offer comments. All of the presentations were very well- done and offered excellent per- spective on the new building. If you were not able to attend the program, Channel 10 was present to record the event. It is worth checking out on the local access channel--it was a very good program! DISTRICT EDUCATION FA- CILITY CONSTRUCTION The construction project con- tinues at the District Education Facility (DEF or former Middle School). By the end of the project, the site will be host to Community Education, Early Childhood/Family Education pro- grams, the Senior Center, and shared programs with the St. Boniface elementary site. Construction at the site is a little behind schedule. Most of the delay has been caused by un- expected areas of asbestos that needed to be removed and a few other issues, but we should still be able to have the project com- pleted by the end of the calendar year. As you are most likely aware, the demolition work at the site has essentially been completed. The oldest part of the building has come down and most of the debris has been removed. We have preserved some parts of the building to put back into place in the entry or new foyer to the building. At the site, we have been able to make window upgrades to the structure that remains. Windows on the main floor have been re- placed and new windows have been installed in areas that will be in use for classroom spaces. We have also had to replace the heating and ventilation sys- tem at the site. As we concluded our use of the building for the middle school students, we knew that one of the boilers in the building had already been com- pletely shut down and the other, aging boiler, was in need of sig- nificant work. With the change in size and function of the building, we needed to replace the system. The remodeling work in many parts of the building have been well underway and/or are com- pleted. The construction of new locker rooms has already been done and finishing touches are being installed in those areas. The ECFE area, including a new exterior wall and walkway from the entry to the classrooms, is the piece that is currently un- der construction from the street view. In addition, the ground is being moved and prepared for the parking lot and exterior access to the building. We should be able to resume food service activities for the St. Boniface school through the kitchen area at the site. Cleaning and preparing the kitchen area needs to occur, but we should be back to serving meals from the building before the end of the month. As various areas of construc- tion are completed, we will be able to settle back into the build- ing. It will take, however, most of the remainder of the fall to com- plete the building project. issues. 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