Dear Parents, Students, and Citizens of Caroline County:
On August 20, 2014, an exciting and wonderful new school year will begin as students return to start the 2014015 school year. We welcomed our new teachers to our schools on August 11, 2014. They are highly qualified and ready to do a great job teaching our students.
There are many new and exciting things going on at our schools and throughout our school division. Our teachers have been working hard throughout the summer to prepare for the 2014-15 school year, as have our custodians and maintenance staff who have been preparing the schools and grounds. We are excited about the upcoming construction at Caroline High School and Madison Elementary. A Ground Breaking Ceremony is planned for CHS on September 19, 2014. The renovated and enlarged schools will ensure that our students receive a quality education in facilities that provide a safe and secure environment. We are excited about having schools that reflect the warmth, dedication, and enthusiasm of our staff and administration.
I would like to welcome back all of our returning students and our new students. Caroline County Public Schools is a great school division with a major focus on student achievement and safety. We are proud to be “Caroline.” Please visit each school’s website to keep updated on upcoming school events.
I want to encourage parents, grandparents, and a community member to become involved in our children’s and young adult’s lives. Our schools have been implementing a new Volunteer Program. Please visit our website under Volunteers for information and to access the application. We have a great school division with many opportunities for involvement.
As we begin another year, my goal is to keep the public informed of our budget goals and process. This year, the School Board has placed a focus on creating a salary scale that will compete with surrounding counties and help to retain quality teachers. Another focus is purchasing equipment and supplies, and addressing staffing needs. Parent and community support are essential in acquiring the funds needed to meet the budget goals.
It is my hope that everyone had a restful and blessed summer, and I am excited and looking forward to an outstanding 2014-15 school year.
Please see below on updates on the construction projects at Caroline High School and Madison Elementary School:
Construction Updates for CHS and MES
Madison Elementary School
Based upon a recommendation from the CIP Committee, the Caroline School Board voted to reject all bids on the Madison Elementary School Additions project. The project cost exceeded the available funds so the Caroline School Board requested that OWPR re-bid the project along with the Caroline High School Additions and Renovations project in the fall. The two main factors in the cost over-runs were the cost of the site work and the cost of technology add-ons for the project. Together, these two items accounted for most of the higher cost. The site work is being re-designed to allow for a lower cost storm water collection basin and the scope of the added technology will be substantially reduced. The overall school addition design will remain the same and the existing building will still receive a new two-way intercom system for each of the classrooms and additional fire alarm components. The revised design package will be submitted to the School Division and County for review in September.
Caroline High School
The design package for Caroline High School Additions and Renovations will be complete in September and will be submitted to the School Division and County for review. Due to rising construction costs, the Technical Review Committee and CIP Committee have been working closely with OWPR to develop design documents that will allow the Contractors to build the large additions as quickly as possible with as little disruption to the existing building as possible. Additions will include a new central secured entrance, new Media Center, new Administration and Guidance Area and new 14,000 square foot Gymnasium along with three new Team Rooms, concessions and new weight room. Renovation work will include a new roof, new windows, new locker rooms, ADA restrooms, 6 new science labs, conversion of the old library and administration to classrooms, new HVAC system, new lighting and electrical switchgear replacement. CTE programming additions will include a CNA Program, Sports Medicine Program, Robotics Program and HVAC Technician Program. Culinary Arts will be expanded to include a new dining room that could be opened to serve the public and TV Production will be housed in a new classroom being built adjacent to the Auditorium and Stage to allow for greater collaboration with Performing Arts and use of shared equipment. OWPR recently walked through Caroline High School with Kevin Wightman, Caroline County Building Official and Geoffrey Honan, Supervisor of Maintenance, to make sure all building code related issues are adequately addressed in the renovation and expansion.
Caroline High School Running Track
Work on the high school running track project is nearing completion. The new drainage system has been installed, the new field events features relocated and the black asphalt base on the track has been installed. In the next two weeks the blue surface will be installed on the track and the field events areas and the track striping will be painted. New sod has been installed where the new drainage system was constructed. It is anticipated that work on the track will be complete by early September.