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St. Paul Community Members 8.26.16

Dear Members of the St Paul Community,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2016-17 school year in St Paul. This has been a busy and productive summer and we are fast approaching the September 6, 2016 start date for our schools.

I wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of the work that has been completed over the summer as a result of the bond construction projects. The Mid/High school girls’ locker room has been completed as well as the remodeling of the Agricultural Sciences classroom. The repaving of the south parking lot and the excavation for the auxiliary gym is under way. As a result of the construction that will be ongoing during the year there will be limitations on parking and access to right of ways due to the presence of the construction fencing and equipment. Please be patient, we will do all we can to reduce the amount of disruption to student pick up and drop off at both buildings.

If you have concerns based on your experience in dealing with any aspect of the construction, please contact the district office. I have included the new construction time line on the bond information tab on the district website. We have a district team that meets weekly with the contractor and project manager and we will continue to provide updates to you as we move forward with this project.

Currently we are redesigning the elementary building to include the seismic upgrades that were made possible by the 1.4 million dollar grant that the district qualified for this past spring.
The new design should be completed in time for the district to put this project out for bid in December of 2016 with a proposed construction start date of June 2017.

Early this summer when the first concerns were raised about lead in drinking water in other districts we made the decision to test all water sources in the St Paul public schools and the results were provided to the school board at the July meeting. All water outlets in the district produced samples that were well within the acceptable limits for both lead and copper indicating that our water is safe for students to drink.

We have received our preliminary test results back from the state of Oregon and again this past year the students in St Paul have performed well on the Smarter Balanced assessments. The public release of this information will occur on September 8th and we will provide you with a summary of those results in the weeks ahead.

As a district we are grateful to you for your strong support of our programs, I would like to thank the St Paul School Board, the Bond Advisory Committee, St Paul Booster Club, Elementary PTC and the many other groups that support our district, schools and students.

Sincerely,
Joseph Wehrli
Superintendent of Schools
St Paul SD #45