Advertisements for back-to-school shopping and a shortage of lined paper, folders and pencils on store shelves are signs it’s time for school to begin again.
Local schools will be back in session Tuesday and Wednesday. Teachers have been prepping for their first day, which is earlier than the students’, said Robert Klitzman, Eastern Pulaski Community School Corporation superintendent.
“They have been coming in, getting their rooms and materials ready,” Klitzman said. “When they come in Wednesday, it’s for real.”
Administrators at local schools have been supervising summer projects in preparation for students’ arrival, signaling the beginning of a new school year.
Several projects were completed to upgrade facilities within Delphi Community schools, said Delphi superintendent Ralph Walker.
The custodial staff cleaned buildings throughout the summer by going room to room, taking everything out, sanitizing it and bringing items back in the classroom, Walker said. In addition to cleaning, the parking lot was resealed and restriped and an additional line was added to the elementary kitchen so students would be able to begin lunch at 11 a.m. instead of 10:30 a.m., he said.
Pioneer Regional School Corporation also had a lot of changes, superintendent Dave Bess said. School parking lots were redone; 200 interior doors were replaced; the main gymnasium at the high school received fresh paint, new bleacher seats, floors, baskets and backboards and the chemistry lab received new fixtures, he said.
“Luckily, previous administrators have completed a lot of the necessary updates,” Bess said. “We were able to focus primarily on cosmetic, safety features. We’re excited.”
Schools have also spent that time welcoming new staff members. Klitzman said they have been busy interviewing and hiring staff members.
About eight new teachers were hired in the Delphi Community School Corporation, Walker said. This week has been spent meeting with them, going over traditions, rules and regulations to bring them up to speed for the start of school. In addition to the new hires, faculty have been training on a new student management system, Harmony. The system will keep data on students, allowing parents to check on grades and contact teachers with questions.