It has been a very busy week! But the good news is that the weather has been outstanding the last couple of days with low humidity, highs in the low 80s, and blue skies! I hope that you all have had a chance to enjoy this fantastic weather and have an awesome weekend!
On Monday evening I attended the city council meeting where the council took up the first reading of an ordinance to change the zoning of the land immediately North of Ranchero Road and West of Butterfield. The purpose of this zoning change is to make way for the Echo Development residential development that we have previously discussed. Currently zoned as A-1, this change would zone that property as R-1, R-3 and C-1. After much discussion, the zoning ordinance passes 4-1. It is important to note that once developed, this will result in a significant boost in enrollment for our school district. If you are interested in watching the proceedings, you can check out the city council meeting right here.
Our summertime construction project is moving along very nicely! Yesterday the bulk of phase one of the temperature control system was completed and the majority of the HVAC system has been installed. This morning, the final concrete pour for the ramp was finished. Additionally, most of the track for the new ceiling has been installed. Next week we anticipate starting with windows. The only hiccup right now is the arrival of the new lights, which is scheduled for the week of July 24th. Nevertheless, we appear to be on schedule and the contractor is planning to turn over the South end of the project to the custodians at the end of the month. Needless to say, they would welcome that move and are a bit concerned about the timeline heading into the start of the school year.
The photo I am sharing this week is from a scheduled legislator visit this morning. Our purpose for this visit was to advocate for the extension or repeal of the sunset on the SAVE fund. We hope to gain momentum moving into the second session of the 87th General Assembly in January in order to ensure we continue to have access to this valuable resource. During this visit, we were able to demonstrate the thoughtful deliberation of the board when it comes to considering and allocating resources for facility improvements, and to demonstrate the good work we are doing on behalf of our students and community. Pictures from left to right are Phil Jeanery (IASB), Senator Jeff Edler, Representative Dean Fisher, President Karyn Finn, and Andrew Wind (Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier)
Have a great weekend and I look forward to seeing you on Monday evening!
Dr. Anthony D. Voss, Superintendent