Posted by Tom Opstad at 12/21/2016
December 21, 2016
This morning started off with the shutting down of the heating system at Central Park Elementary due to the smell of propane around the tanks. As you know, we delayed school an hour at Central Park in order to have the company diagnose the problem. The Central Park Fire Department also was onsite to make sure everything was cleared before the heating system was turned back on. This was completed by 8:50 a.m. and our maintenance staff helped set up blowers to remove any of the remaining propane smell in the building and classrooms.
Jim Sawin shared the board action taken on early retirement letters for certificated staff with the Aberdeen Education Association (AEA) leadership this morning. It will be a big help for the district to know who is planning to retire at the end of the year and have their letter in writing to the HR department.
Thank you to Mr. Martinson and the Sign-making class at Aberdeen High School for making a new sign for the entrance to Miller Junior High. Our maintenance staff picked up the sign and placed it on the original supports last week. Thank you to everyone for creating a long-lasting welcome sign for Miller.
It sounds like the process for the superintendent search is moving along well. I understand the consultants are planning to update the board on the survey results and prepare a brochure over the holidays that will be available for applicants. A link to the brochure will also be available on the district website.
Several concerts and school events were held throughout the district the past few weeks. We also have the honor of a visit from the Robert Gray Glee Choir in the district office. It was also a special treat to meet their director who wore his special concert attire! Thank you! Stevens students were treated to a special staff luncheon on Tuesday prior to the winter break. As you can tell, they were all excited!
I will contact TCF Architecture to see if they will be able to come to the January 17, 2017, board meeting to update us on the Study and Survey and share what they have found out concerning the land at Grays Harbor College as a potential site for a new Stevens Elementary. It will be good to discuss the possibility of site drawings that could be shared with the community, college, district staff and more. I am also following up on the potential costs associated with the replacement of the roof at Stewart Field along with options for new bleachers and lights.
There are a number of sporting events and practices taking place over the holidays. Yesterday the girls’ basketball team played Montesano at home and tonight the boys play at Montesano. The girl’s wrestling team is at a tournament today in Hoquiam and will continue to have practices over the holidays, as well.
(The GBB team warms up prior to their game against Montesano on Tuesday)
(The AHS Bowling Team practices for their first home match in January)
Have a great holiday and a fabulous start to the New Year.