Friday, August 16, 2013

Superintendent's Notes


The New Maynard High School  

Principal Caragianes and I have spent a considerable amount of time at the new Maynard High School.  We have been meeting with the contractors to make sure that the project is proceeding as it should.  We are excited for the parents and students who will have the opportunity to visit the new school during the orientations next week.

As members of the Building Committee and Construction Committee we have learned about the phased construction completion process and would like to share this with our school community.  These phases have been in the construction plan all along and do not represent a deviation or delay from what was expected.  The initial occupancy of this building is for students and staff to begin the school year on time.  However, finish work and landscaping will continue until the total project completion date of December 1, 2013.  This is why we have not yet planned the community open houses or ribbon cutting ceremony yet.

As a result of the phased completion process, we would like to identify how that will impact our first few months in school.  One example is the driveway.  There will be one driveway off of Tiger drive that will bring everyone up to the Athletic Wing Entrance of the new Maynard High School.  Because the old Maynard High School will still be in the deconstruction and landscaping phase for several months, the circular driveway in front of the building and other parking lots will not be finished until late fall.  The single parking lot that we will all be using will contain more parking spaces than the combined capacity of all the parking lots at the old Maynard High School so this will be acceptable.  However, having everyone enter through one wing of the building will obviously be an inconvenience at first compared to the optimal complete driveway design.

Internal finish work will not occur during the school day so that our students will not be distracted.  Although the finish work will ultimately affect the aesthetics of the building, the educational functionality of the building will be in place when we open.  Even in the current phase, this new Maynard High School is magnificent.                                    
                                                                  
Reminder of New School Start/End Times                                                                              

High School:  7:45a.m.-2:05p.m.                                                                                                 
Fowler:  8:05a.m.- 2:20p.m.                                                                                                           
Green Meadow:  8:30 a.m.-2:50p.m.

School Lunch Update                                                                                                                      
Due to USDA requirements on minimum lunch pricing, the school committee was advised and approved these lunch program costs for the upcoming year.

Breakfast:                                                                                                                                        

All Schools $1.50

Lunch:                                                                                                                                        

Green Meadow- $2.75                                                                                                                 

Fowler- $3.00                                                                                                                                       

High School- $3.25-$3.50

Important Events and Reminders                                                                                                          

The 2013 Maynard Farmers’ Market                                                                                                               
The 2013 Maynard Community Farmers’ Market continues through October 5 on Saturdays from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., rain or shine in the Main Street parking lot (near intersection with Sudbury Street) at Clock Tower Place in Maynard. 
New vendors at the market this year include: Wheatless Bliss, cooking in a dedicated gluten-free kitchen and offering a full range of baked goods and granola, some of which are also dairy-free or vegan; BlueJay Greenhouses, selling hanging baskets in 10" and 12" sizes which contain mixed million bells, verbena, scaevola, and petunia as well as 4- 1/2" pots up to 12"mixed containers of gerbera daisys, new guinea impatiens, fuchsia, coleus, black & blue salvia, and potato vine;  and CamCo LLC who will offer cedar planter and railing boxes and vegetable seedlings and take orders for her custom-made PVC greenhouses, grow tents and row covers. For returning weekly vendors, Applefield Farm, Brigham Farm, and Nagog Hill Farm have produce and cut flowers; Big Sky Bakery, Cookie Lady Treats, and Hobson's Homemade are all baked goods vendors; Meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, and honey will be available from Balance Rock Farm, and 3cBaking sells homemade dog biscuits.  Periodic vendors will include CupKaties, Nashoba Valley Extracts, and Farm Stand Honey as well as two artisans each week.
The market has weekly musical entertainment, children's activities, wellness demonstrations, and community information. For more information, email: MaynardFarmersMarket@gmail.com For the latest schedule information, 'Like' Maynard Farmers' Market on Facebook.or follow us on Twitter.

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