SchoolMessenger August 16, 2016 Construction Update
Good evening, this is Scott Kuffel, superintendent of the District 228 schools, and here is the most recent construction update from Tuesday, August 16th. This is starting to feel a little like an evening Prairie Home Companion episode, but I’m hoping we don’t have too many more of these!
Progress continues to roll at Millikin School. All flooring and floor trim work should be completed by early this evening and flooring contractors are out of the building. Crews have already been putting furniture back into the remodeled classrooms and teachers are working feverishly to put items back in order to start the year. New library and office furniture arrived and is being assembled and put into place… while it isn’t all in and completely set up, those spaces will be functional by Friday for sure.
We walked through the entire building and outside the grounds with our Assistant Regional Superintendent in advance of our 1 pm meeting Wednesday, and she seemed pleased with the progress. Without putting words in her mouth or any undue pressure, it certainly seemed that she shared our confidence that we will be able to open schools on Friday morning, August 19th. The asphalt playground area and front parking lot still need good cleaning, classrooms will need to be re-cleaned a bit, the hallways, cafeteria and gymnasium need some polish, but all in all the building is buttoning up quite nicely.
So barring something totally unforeseen and out of left field for which we have no control, please plan on sending your children to school on Friday, August 19th. School will be dismissed on Friday and Monday, August 22nd 1-hour early. Millikin School will host their Back to School night on Thursday, August 18th from 5-7 p.m. The Ladders PreK program will not begin until Tuesday, August 23rd. We will continue to update you with any new, breaking information, but for now, we wish you a successful Back to School Night at Southwest and Northside tonight, and at the MS and HS tomorrow evening.
Keep your fingers crossed for tomorrow afternoon’s walk through!