No free summers
Even though the students will be done on Thursday, that doesn’t mean that the Washington CSD will be quiet this summer. In fact, this may be one of the busiest summers for the school district ever. As early as Friday of this week, “The Big Move” will begin.
There will be a lot of shifting taking place this summer. The first step will be to move the junior high staff out of their rooms. That will happen by the end of this week. The entire custodial staff will be working within one building at a time this summer. On Tuesday and Wednesday of next week, the high school will be moved into the new building. While the new high school is not officially being turned over to the district until July 1, the classrooms are ready to have items moved in. In fact, new desks and chairs are already in place in those classrooms and the floors have already been waxed.
Just prior to writing this article, I did a walk-through of the new high school. Construction is completed and now it is the finishing work needing to be done. Tile and carpeting are being laid and placement of ceiling tiles, final detailing and painting are being completed. Progress can be monitored and noted on a daily basis. I’m sure we will have a public walk-through in early August. Final steps will be installation of bleachers in the gym and installation of kitchen equipment, both scheduled for late July or early August.
Third grade will be moved from Stewart after the high school is moved. Sixth grade will then be moved into the 1918 building followed by the seventh and eighth grades. Each of these moves will take place in about two-to-three-week intervals. The 1918 building has had quite a facelift itself and the work will continue into the summer. Almost all the lights throughout the facility have been replaced. We have also installed new ceilings throughout the classrooms. The building will have the entire electrical service overhauled and replaced this summer. Most people are aware that the boilers were replaced and the classroom controls were also either replaced or repaired. The classrooms will be air conditioned in the fall. The Parent Organization will be repainting throughout the building in July. Thanks to the Riverboat Foundation, we will also be making all the classrooms media enabled throughout.
I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said something to me about being off in the summer. I would have retired by now. I have not had a free summer for 16 years now. In fact, the summer may be the busiest time for a superintendent and central office. It is not fun work. It usually involves filling out reports and paperwork that is due to the state. Central Office is a 52-week-a-year office.
The technology department will also be very busy this summer. It takes a lot of time and preparation to be ready for the implementation of the 1:1 computer initiative this fall at the high school. We are very excited about this project and are also excited that it will happen in conjunction with the opening of the new high school.
I also had the pleasure to drive by the baseball field this morning and will be attending the opening night held prior to this publication. A big thank you to the boosters and once again the Riverboat Foundation on quite a makeover of the baseball field. It looks great. The new softball field, baseball field and the new gym at the high school will give Washington CSD among the best athletic facilities in the state. It has already been indicated to us that the district will be hosting several state-level tournament games in the future.