As we move into the heart of winter, I am grateful for the good weather we had in November and December that has allowed our construction crews to make significant progress on our new elementary schools. Roofing has been put in place – either permanent or temporary – that will allow work to continue inside through the winter months at Grant, Lincoln and Roosevelt elementaries.
Crews will be working on interior wall partitions and framing, rough-ins for electric, plumbing and HVAC systems. Progress will also continue on the exterior brick veneers, which is at various stages between the three schools. If you take a drive by Grant, you will see that the brick is nearly complete and windows are being installed.
While we finish the last phase of constructing all of our school buildings, it is necessary to begin thinking about the future of the remaining Board-owned properties – the former Franklin and Taft elementaries and the administrative offices on Warren Road.
These buildings belong to the public and as such, we will be soliciting your input on what the future should hold for these properties. I invite you to attend the next Superintendent Chat on Feb. 17 at 6 pm at Garfield Middle School, where I will begin the discussion. The District will also be sending a survey out to the community for further input.
It’s an exciting time to be in Lakewood and part of the Lakewood City Schools. I look forward to continuing to work with our families and neighbors to make our city and school district even better!