March 16, 2018

Post date: Mar 16, 2018 6:20:05 PM

Dear Parents,

Things are moving quickly now in so many ways! I can’t express how excited I am for DES, the town of Dunbarton, parents, students and DES staff. The passing of the construction project is going to be a game changer on many levels. I thank all of you who were able to take time out of your busy schedules to attend the school district meeting. Your support was much appreciated. There are many steps to take before we reach the completion of this project. I am hoping to outline them succinctly in this email.

We had our first construction meeting yesterday afternoon to discuss the timeline as well as what we at DES need to do to make this a smooth operation. First and foremost, construction will be starting very soon. Our hope is within the next couple of weeks, contractors will be onsite to begin preparation for the construction of the three-room addition in the back of the building. Safety for students was one of the major objectives of yesterday’s meeting. As such, the whole construction area will be fenced off and monitored, so students will not have physical access to the site. We felt it was important that students be able to see the construction in action at recess, so this will not be a view-blocking fence, but a temporary chain link fence. Chief Sklut was at the meeting and will be running background checks on all the contractors to ensure they are not a registered sex offender. We will also be keeping copies of IDs of each contractor on file in the office as well as requiring each contractor to wear a visitor’s badge to ensure accountability and student safety.

As the project moves forward, there will be electricians and such in the building working on various aspects of the project. These individuals will not have any interaction with students. They will also be wearing visitor’s passes identifying them as part of the project. Furthermore, as time goes on the outside of the building will be in various stages of construction. As such, it may look a bit disheveled. This is a sign of progress being made!

In order to meet the various construction benchmarks, we will need to be out of the school by June 15th (students on the 14th). Dr. Cascadden will be in touch to give you more details on how that will work. The Capital Improvements Committee will be looking for volunteers to help with moving items out of classrooms and into storage containers that will be kept onsite. If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the following Google Form so the CIC will have your contact information.

Although there will be many challenges involved in this process, I can easily say, in my whole career, I have never been involved with anything this exciting. DES will be much enhanced for the 2018-2019 school year (and beyond) and will be able to provide more effective learning opportunities for students. Moreover, we will again have all-day kindergarten on a permanent basis. Exciting!

Just a reminder the PTO is hosting a magic show with Jason Purdy tomorrow at 10:00. You are encouraged to order the tickets in advance online at the following website. Walk-ins will be allowed, but the doors closely tight at 10:00 to allow for the rescheduled Town Meeting to start at 1 pm.

The PTO Reading Challenge is continuing next week. Mrs. Parzick’s class won for this past week. Congratulations to them for their efforts. Mrs. Parzick’s class has earned an extra recess for next week.

Currently, we have an enrichment activity scheduled for Wednesday, March 21. Curriculaughs was originally scheduled earlier this winter but was rescheduled due to snow. Hopefully, we won’t have to reschedule it again… Following the day enrichment, there will be a free evening performance for families from 6:30 to 7:30 in the gym, followed by a book signing. . More information to follow.

Grades close this Friday and report cards will be sent home next Friday.

I hope you have a great weekend.


Owen Harrington