June 3, 2019

The summer months are traditionally a busy time for maintenance and custodial work in schools. With students and staff on summer break, custodial crews and maintenance have the freedom to complete their work without many of the typical school day distractions. We will begin this break with many of the common projects that always take place each summer. Wes DeLuca and his custodial and maintenance teams will be working hard to prepare our facilities and grounds for the first day of school on August 14. They take great pride in their profession and always do tremendous work during the summer months. We still are unsure about the early childhood and high school renovation timelines, but there is a great chance construction will begin later this summer. If this is the case, the custodial and maintenance teams will have to make several adjustments to their plans. We will also keep you abreast of the developments as soon as we know more definitive information and timelines.  

Bid Opening took place last Friday with multiple subcontractors in attendance. BRANCO is presently processing this information and should soon have ballpark figures for us to further evaluate. Once an acceptable figure is determined, the Board of Education and BRANCO will finalize contract language so we can proceed. Soon after an agreement is finalized, dirt work, footings, and renovations for the projects will get started.

Although delayed, there still remains a great deal of excitement and anticipation as we draw closer and closer to the start of construction. I want to thank the community for your patience as the Board, BRANCO, Dake | Wells, city staff, and district staff have been working hard to restructure several pieces of these projects to better fit into our budget. I greatly appreciate your support and commitment in wanting improved facilities for the district and for helping us provide the best possible opportunities and education for our children.

This work would not be possible without the support of our community. As your superintendent, I am grateful to know that St. James appreciates the value of investing in children. Progressive decisions that support public education result in a more productive workforce and a more welcoming community for all.