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Notes from the Superintendent

Dear Patrons,

It is hard to believe the 2015-2016 school year is about to begin. It has been a very busy summer around the school. Below I would like to highlight a few of the summer projects.

1. Painting: The staff did a lot of painting over the summer. The majority of the painting was done in school colors. The areas painted include some classrooms, hallways, library, and staff bathrooms. The high school library started replacing their furniture last year. The final pieces of furniture were installed this summer. A lot of painting was also done at central.

2. Gymnasium: The gymnasium was very busy with projects over the summer. The girls and boys locker room doors were painted purple, with the stars and braves logo in white. The gym floor (main and secondary) was sanded down, waxed and repainted. It turned out very nice. New bleachers have been installed on the main floor. In the past, fans were able to bring food into the gym. With the projects completed this summer in the gym, only items such as bottled beverages, popcorn, and candy will be allowed in the gym. I would like to ask for everyone’s cooperation with this change.

3. Science Lab remodel: The three science labs were remodeled over the summer. This also included some renovations in the Interactive Television classroom. Unfortunately, this project will not be completed by the time school starts. The tops for the lab tables and teaching stations are on back order and will not be installed until late September. The classrooms will be used for lecture, but the labs will be limited until the tops are installed. The three science labs look very good.

4. Bathroom remodel: The men’s and women’s bathrooms used for athletic contests have been remodeled. The countertops, sinks, urinals and stools have all been replaced. Bathroom stalls, mirrors and hand dryers have been replaced. At this time, a baby changing station will be located in the women’s bathroom. If you are a father needing to change a young child, please contact a custodian or administrator , they will help you find a place to change your child.

5. Security Cameras: Through a grant, the district installed cameras in the middle school. All the previous cameras were also updated to a new and better quality camera. The district now has full coverage of the Junior and Senior High and Middle School areas as well as specific outside areas.

6. Lights: The lights in front of the James Holwell Auditorium have been replaced. This will make the area brighter. Lights were also installed by the two flag poles, as well as our building trades building.

There were other projects as well. The custodial staff has been very busy over the summer. I would like to thank them for their hard work, patience, and flexibility with all the projects being done this summer. These individuals have worked very hard to get the school ready.

Enclosed in this newsletter, you will find the prices of our breakfast and lunch program. The breakfast prices for the 2015-2016 school year have been increased by .15 cents for both Elementary and Jr/Sr high school students. The state average for lunch prices is $2.70. In 2014-2015 our K-6 lunch prices were $2.20 and 7-12 lunch prices were $2.50. Because we are under the state average, we are required to raise these prices by a minimum of .10 cents. It was decided to increase the hot lunch price for both the elementary and Junior/Senior high students .20 cents each. The district will again offer a discount for those who pay for a full or half year in advance. Please make sure to look over this information. I would also encourage families to apply for free or reduced meals. The percentage of students on free or reduced meals is very instrumental in the federal dollars our district receives and grants our district can apply for. The application is posted on our web site. If you have any questions regarding this application, please contact the high school office.

This past year there was a change in the time of the state assessment determining Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). The test was taken in the spring instead of the fall. Because of this, the state is on an AYP Freeze Waiver. The district, elementary and secondary schools are on Program Improvement. Again this year supplemental education services will be offered to eligible students. If your child is eligible you will be receiving a letter on how your child may participate. The district will strive to improve our score for the upcoming year. The district will host a parent meeting in October. Once the date is finalized, parents will be contacted on the date and time. Information regarding the school district profile will be posted on our web page as soon as it is available. If you have any questions regarding AYP or the School District Profile, please contact me at the school

Thank you for your continued support and enjoy what is left of our summer!