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GSL planning for Sept. 5 start date

During the Glencoe-Silver Lake (GSL) School Board meeting Monday, Superintendent Chris Sonju announced that the district is fully anticipating to have a Sept. 5 start date for the 2017-2018 school year.
Sonju said the board will have to wait until the end of July before it can get into the specifics about workshop and open house dates and times, and that the district will keep staff and families informed once these decisions are made.
“Building-wise, it might look like there’s lots to do, but it will fall into place relatively quickly,” said Business Manager Michelle Sander, who expressed her appreciation for the construction crew working so well with the timeline. “I had told them that June 30 we wanted to be back in here (the district offices) and we were moving in on June 30.”
Sonju added, “We’re hoping that this is an indication of the bigger project. They worked really well with us saying, ‘Hey, we really need to be in here at this time,’ and lo and behold, a couple days beforehand here we were.”
While the major construction is set to be completed by Sept. 5, there will be some punch-list things left to do. “Our main goal is to get everyone into their classrooms,” said Sander.  
During Sonju’s report, he updated the School Board on the drainage project, which should be finished in the next couple of weeks, as well as the dugout project for the softball fields in the quad fields.
This project, as clarified by Board Member Jamie Alsleben, is not part of the building project but was simply added on because of convenience, thanks to Rice Lake.
“They are the guys that have been doing all of our brick work and they’re giving us the brick and the labor for those dugouts,” said Sonju. While the brick and the labor have been donated by Rice Lake, the foundation for the project will be covered by the concession stands, Activities Director Dean Schwirtz’s activities fund and the booster club.  
The School Board also approved a 10-year long-term facilities maintenance plan (LTFM) as reviewed and recommended by the Facilities Committee (board members Jamie Alsleben and Jason Lindeman), Sonju and Sander.
“We make sure we identify all of our projects and then lay them out according to priority. It can be changed every year, which is why we look at it annually,” explained Sander.

For more from the School Board meeting, see the July 12 print edition of The Chronicle.


Read the full story in the July 12 edition of The Chronicle.