RACINE — While students in the Meigs and Eastern school districts are returning to the classrooms today, students at Southern will have an additional two weeks of summer break.
As construction nears completion on the new Southern High School building, the beginning of the school year has been delayed to allow the majority of the work to be completed.
Classes for students will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 4, with an open house scheduled for Sept. 3. According to the district’s website, preschool classes will begin on Sept. 9.
When school does begin, there will be no change to the start time each day. Students will begin classes at 7:45 a.m., with dismissal at 2:30 p.m. for walkers and 2:45 p.m. for buses.
Lunch prices are up $.05 in each building for the upcoming year in accordance with state regulations. Prices are $2.10 for elementary and $2.45 for high school. Breakfast will be free for all students.
New faculty/staff for the 2013-14 school year include Tricia McNickle, preschool to third grade principal; Chris Carroll, physical education; Sandra Mayes, high school English; Courtney Lively, primary intervention; Courtney Guinter, intermediate intervention/science; Jacynda Lynch, fourth grade language arts; John Combs, social studies; David Maxson, social studies; Andrea Cline, guidance; Andrea Edwards, second grade; Cheryl Smith, preschool bus driver.
Student drop off will be another change for the school year. Drop off for parents will be in front of the new high school where there will be a loop for drivers. Buses will be the only traffic permitted behind the buildings.
Superintendent Tony Deem said recently that work on the new building in nearing completion with the tile work wrapping up and the metal roofing going on the structure.
One of the final items to be completed will likely by the gymnasium. According to Deem, the wood for the gym floor is in, but must acclimated before the work can be completed. This may run up to two weeks after the start of the school year.
The final safety inspection of the project is scheduled to take place later this week, paving the way for the district to occupy the facility.
Work on the science lab casing was also to be installed this week. Furniture is scheduled to arrive and be put in place during the final week of August.
Deem also addressed one of the questions which has become common as the building is nearing completion — how will lunches work.
While there will be one kitchen, students in different grades will have separate lunchtimes, meaning kindergartners will not eat at the same time as the high school students. New tables with bench seating in the cafeteria will also help to allow for all students to use the cafeteria.
In addition to the new building for the high school, the administrative office has also relocated. The superintendent and treasurer’s offices are now located in the strip mall in the business district near Dollar General and Home National Bank.
Anyone with questions concerning the 2013-14 school year may contact the school at (740) 949-4222 or the bus garage at (740) 949-2811 for bus questions.