Message from the Superintendent
A Letter from the Superintendent to the Trojan Nation
November 1, 2018
Last Saturday the high school Student Council held an open house for the bond project. There were around 150 folks who toured the two newly renovated classrooms that are in use and the new construction. It sounded like everyone was impressed with not only the work that has been done so far but also our students who did a great job as tour guides.
When you drive by the high school on 6th Street, you are looking at walls starting to go up for our new auditorium that will seat close to 800. On the other side of that is the locker commons, cafeteria, kitchen, mechanical rooms, and of course the two-story classroom structure. The yellow you see above the brick on the exterior of this structure is a special insulation which will be covered by metal panels. The panels should be installed in the coming days.
While it has been exciting watching the walls go up, once those walls are up, the action really slows down. It is true that we are ahead of schedule, but it wouldn’t take much to throw that schedule off. Therefore, we will stay on our timeline of the cafeteria and classrooms ready for occupancy in December of 2019, and completion of the auditorium just a few months after that.
In related news, bids were opened earlier this week for work in Shettler to enclose the open classrooms, and to update the elevator in the middle school. That work is expected to be done by the start of the 2019/20 school year.
At 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 10 our Fruitport Education Foundation will be hosting its annual 5th Quarter Party. It is important to have a good turnout for this event as it is our main fundraiser for the year. I would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors who have contributed over $8,500 thus far! Their names will be highlighted at the party. Hope to see you there!
Finally, the district has collaborated with band parents to purchase a truck that will safely and confidently transport band equipment to future events (the truck they had been using was built in 1984). The timing of this purchase was perfect as our marching band is currently ranked 8th in flight IV and is heading to Ford Field in Detroit this Saturday for state competition. Go Blue!!
We are now around the half-way point of the first semester. I hope things are going well for your students, and that they continue to enjoy school. Have a great November!!
Bob Szymoniak, Superintendent