The roof construction at Halifax Elementary School, approved at a special town meeting earlier in the year, is expected to be completed by the end of the month, according to Assistant Principal Brian DeSantes as reported at the September 5, 2017 school committee meeting.
DeSantes furthered, “The roofing company has done a great job working with us and keeping us in the loop about the progress they are making.”
A notice was sent out before the start of the school year on the roof’s progress. It made sure parents knew when the roof is expected to be done and to be assured that the building is still safe for conducting classes.
DeSantes also acknowledged the custodians for their work in getting the school ready to open despite ongoing construction, so that the building could open on time for the beginning of the school year.
Board chairman Summer Schmaling also credited the custodians for a good cleanup effort around the school grounds, making sure they are safe for the students.
Kindergarten Open House
The Kindergarten Open House took place on the same day the rest of the elementary school started class. Families visited the classrooms with the new students to help them get comfortable in the school environment.
The school even did a joint family bus ride to help the children get comfortable taking the bus. DeSantes was actually on one of these two buses that were only taken for a short ride down the street.
“It was a good experience,” said DeSantes. “The PTO did a fabulous job,” (running the open house).
Beginning of the school year update
Assistant principal Brian Desantes gave a quick update, saying the year is off to a good start so far. Currently enrollment for Halifax Elementary is at 599 total students. He also took time to thank the teachers both new and those returning for helping to start the year so strong.
He told the board the new teachers are already acclimating and responding well to the beginning of the year emergency review training. DeSantes said the emergency review went well for both new and returning staff.
There will be a PAC meeting on Thursday, October 5, 2017. A PTO meeting will take place on Friday, October 20, in the all-purpose room.
The next Halifax Elementary School Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 2, at 7 p.m.