Monday, August 15th Construction Update from the superintendent:
Good evening, this is Scott Kuffel, superintendent of the District 228 schools. Here is your Monday construction update.
We see tonight that four more classrooms have the vinyl tile installed at Millikin School, leaving four classrooms to be completed. It appears that the final four classrooms will be completed and the flooring contractor will be out of the building by Tuesday evening. There are still items that need to be completed before students would be able to attend, plus we are still required for our Regional Office of Education to complete a walkthrough to grant us occupancy. The person from the Regional Office who will make the occupancy recommendation has already been on site and is following progress closely, and she has been very helpful as we work towards opening the school. The final check for occupancy is not scheduled until Wednesday afternoon.
We can confirm with you all that we will not be opening school for student attendance on Thursday, August 18th. To be clear, this means that none of the Geneseo Schools will open on Thursday. However, it is our goal to open for student attendance on Friday, August 19th. Our plan right now is to switch one of our second semester teacher inservice days (the Monday after Easter) for this Thursday, which means the Monday after Easter becomes a day for student attendance. So please make arrangements for childcare this Thursday, August 18th.
We then will know fairly early on Wednesday afternoon if we will be able to open all schools for Friday. You will get a final confirmation call on Wednesday to alert you one way or the other. If we attend school Friday, it will be a one-hour early dismissal.
While you may disagree with a plan to open on Friday, we want to share with you the rationale to perhaps help you understand the thinking:
1. Much like a play has a dress rehearsal, or a team has a pre-game warmup, we would like to get a day of student attendance in so if there are procedures that need changing; such as drop-offs or pick-ups, lunch logistics, etc, we have some time to think carefully and make those changes over the weekend. Even in a ‚Äúnormal‚Äù year, the first day has its share of hiccups.
2. If we are approved for occupancy at Millikin on Wednesday afternoon, we have a chance for that building to have another 24+ hours for final cleaning, teacher setup, and to allow for a Backpack Night on Thursday evening.
3. We are also completing some parking lot work at Geneseo High School, which will greatly benefit from another day to complete since a great deal of parking has been lost due to the demolition at the south end of the building.
4. We know that work will still be ongoing at three of our schools, regardless of when school begins‚Äîbut there is really not a reason to continue to hold out students at all schools when the main areas are renovated, clean, safe, secured and cleared to occupy, especially at Millikin.
To review‚Äîno student attendance on Thursday, August 18th at any of our schools. The Back to School Nights scheduled for Northside, Southwest, Middle and High School are still going on as planned on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.
Our goal now is to open all schools on Friday, August 19th, with a one-hour early dismissal attendance day. Monday, August 22nd would also be a one-hour early dismissal day. The Ladders PreK program would not begin until Tuesday, the 23rd at the earliest, but further notifications will be forthcoming.
Look for another update on Tuesday evening. Thank you again for your patience during this time of frustration and impatience. The spirit of collaboration and community has been fantastic and we truly appreciate all of you making this so worthwhile. Have a good evening.
Scott D. Kuffel, Superintendent