A Letter from Superintendent Johnston
As I write this letter I can’t believe that the 2014 school year will be starting in exactly one month. I do hope that everyone is enjoying their summer and have had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends. I just returned from New Mexico where the weather was beautiful every day, but I must admit for July 18th this Missouri weather is pretty awesome to.
Another busy summer here at Drexel R-IV is starting to come to a close and although I always hate to see summer end, I must admit that August is my favorite month of the year! Not because I have a birthday in August. I really don’t want any more of those as I realize I am getting old, but because I love seeing the school ready and shining, saying hi to our returning faculty members, and watching the children getting off the bus or walking through the doors with their new backpacks and the kind of energy only they can exhibit on the first day of school.
We have a couple of new hires this year who are ready to go and you will be meeting them in the near future and all of our administration is still in place. Brush and weeds have been cleared, new landscape areas have been finished, the interior of the building has been thoroughly cleaned and painted and we are getting ready for our new construction project to begin. It is an exciting time for our school and I hope you all will join us as we move forward learning and growing with our students.
A quick update on the progress of the new construction process. Construction bids went out to the public on July 9th. We will be hosting a Pre-Bid Meeting in the ITV Room on July 22nd at 2:00 where Mr. Brian Foxworthy of Incite Design Studio will be conducting this meeting. On July 29th we will be opening bids at 2:00 in the ITV Room and then we will be holding a Special Board Meeting on July 31st to review all bids. Once the board hires a construction team then the hope is that actual work will be starting on or about the 5th of August. The administration will be sending information to the public and parents in different formats as we navigate through this process during the first semester of school. We will be sending notes home directly to the parents as well as posting information on our school web-site along with information in the Drexel Star. I am certain that during our enrollment process that Mr. Bolton and Mrs. Jacklovich will also have information ready as how we will be running things before and after school until this project is completed. Again I ask for your cooperation and patience with us during this time. Anytime you do a project of this magnitude there will be adjustments to a normal routine so please bear with us and help us so that this transition is as smooth as possible for our kids, faculty and community members.
Once again I am so grateful to be working in a town and with a Board of Education that cares so much about making a difference in the lives of children. Please say hello to all of us when you see us at Back to School Night and know that all our small steps together will amount to big learning changes for our students. Thank you for being part of our team for your children and our school district.
Mr. Bill Johnston
Superintendent of Schools
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