Another school year has come to a close. The residents of Cougar Country gathered together at Cad Polk Stadium and celebrated the achievements of 114 graduates who are off to colleges around the state and nation, service to our great country in the military, and the workforce.
Commencement ceremonies represent the climax of the academic year and give us another moment to celebrate the accomplishments of our students. This group has been a part of many special moments over the past few years since they came to Central High School as 7th graders. We know that they will do well as they enter adult life and become productive, responsible, and caring citizens, and we will miss seeing them every day.
Our celebrations must be short because now it is time to turn full attention for the preparation for the 2017-18 school year. This is going to be a very busy summer in Cougar Country, and I want to do my best to let everyone know to expect over the summer months.
This summer is going to be a very busy, but exciting one. We are opening the new Eliza Miller Building and will have a grand opening on July 27th at 10:00 am. We also plan to begin demolition of most of the structures at the “downhill” portion of the Central High School campus in August to make way for the construction of new facilities that voters graciously approved on March 14th in a historic vote that is going to catapult Central High School forward.
However, much work has got to be done between now and then to position us to reach those two milestones. Our teachers in every building except those uphill on the Central campus will have to pack up their entire classrooms. For some, at the elementary level, this represents the fourth move in six years and we appreciate their patience. We realize this is time consuming work to pack up and reset in a new classroom.
First, the teachers of our youngest students will have their stuffed moved into the new Eliza Miller Building at J. F. Wahl Elementary School. Then, those teachers currently at Wahl will be moving to new classrooms in that facility in many cases so those transfers will have to be made. Following that, all of the teachers in the 4th through the 6th grade will have to have their classrooms packed and our maintenance crews will be transferring those belongs to their new room assignments at Wahl. Then, those teacher teaching 7th through 9th grade next year will have to get their items packed for transfer to the current Miller campus, where they will remain for two years while the new facilities are being constructed. While all that is taking place, we have the transfer of playground equipment from Miller to Wahl and the construction of a new preschool playground at Wahl taking place as well. There will also be the transfer of some technology equipment from the current downhill CHS structures to the other campuses. In short, our teachers and our maintenance department will be very busy.
Also, there will also be an auction at some point later this summer where the district will sell equipment from the downhill CHS buildings and some items at the current Miller facility that will no longer be used by the district. The public will be free to come and bid on a wide variety of older items in those buildings, including student desks. While all of this is taking place, we will be having summer school for many of our students in June and summer practice for athletic teams, particularly the fall sports of football and volleyball will be going on as well.
Furthermore, the school board and the superintendent will be finalizing the plans for the new facility as one of the final steps before demolition and construction begins at Central High School. We are nearing completion of those and look forward to the bidding process for the commencement of demolition to beginning soon. We will also have the normal summer business taking place as well.
As you can see, this will be one of the busiest summers for HWHSD in recent memory. In this case, busy means progress as we move the district forward with improved facilities opening, others under construction, and curriculum improvements being implemented. It’s a great time to be a part of HWHSD and I am proud to be able to serve this district. I am also proud to be a parent and encourage all parents to give our district a chance. We are district on the rise and moving on up!
Until next time, GO COUGARS!