Archive for Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Baldwin schools have smooth start to year despite construction

August 28, 2002

It's been nearly two weeks since Baldwin students started the new school year.

In those two weeks, both the students and teachers have been able to get back into the routine and things are now running pretty smoothly.

But the first few days weren't too bad either.

"I think it went fantastic," Baldwin Junior High School principal Connie Wright said of the first few days back. "We got off to a great start."

That good start was despite the large construction project the addition to BJHS just south of the school.

"We're excited about the construction," Wright said. "It's going great."

She said the school has been working to make dealing with the construction congestion easier on both the students and their parents. School dismisses at 3:10 p.m. every day five minutes earlier than Baldwin High School.

"That has really helped," she said.

BJHS has also created a temporary semi-circle drive just east of the school, next to the mobile classroom, for parents to use to pick up and drop off their children. Wright said not as many people take advantage of the drive as the school had hoped.

"It's just a matter of not being aware of it," she said. "But we would appreciate more parents using that temporary drive."

BJHS isn't the only school starting off the year with a construction project.

Vinland Elementary School and Marion Springs Elementary School both have additions being built.

"With ours, it's the most invasive," VES Principal Bill Scott said of the construction project.

Not only is the northwest area of the school ground under construction, the VES playground is also torn up while improvements are made.

"We hope to get the playground in as soon as possible," Scott said.

"The kids seem to be doing a marvelous job adjusting to the construction," he said. "The kids are making adjustments and the staff is making adjustments."

Scott said despite construction, VES has had a good start to the school year.

"I thought we got along real well for the first week," he said. "If everything goes as well as it did in the first week, then we're going to have a good year."

MSES Principal Gus Wegner said even though the storage shed construction project was to have already been completed at MSES, it hasn't affected school activities too much.

"We're off to a very good start," Wegner said. "If there is a negative, it's that our gym is quite full.

"But we're OK," he said. "The kids don't even really see that."

He said he was pleased with the start of the school year.

"Everyone is just real positive and working really hard," he said. "I'm really pleased with the attitude on the part of the kids and on the part of our teachers and staff."

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