Happy 2017, Deerfield! Over the course of 2016, the School Board took many steps to begin looking to the future of DCS. One example is that we have been working with Superintendent Patty Sherman to support the DCS search committee charged with nominating a replacement for Principal Paul Yergeau, who is retiring at the end of the year. At our December 21st meeting, Ms. Sherman notified the Board that finalist interviews are scheduled for early January, and a community night to meet the finalists is planned for Tuesday, January 24th.
Another example of trying to anticipate future concerns for our school is the Board’s desire to execute an engineering study of the current state of DCS as well as a demographics study of Deerfield’s population changes and trends. In several recent meetings the Board has discussed and agreed on the need for developing a clear picture of our building’s structural integrity so that we can be aware of and budget for any upcoming maintenance projects. DCS was built in 1993 and we are starting to see more signs of the building showing its age; until we run an engineering study it is difficult to know what other concerns exist within its walls.
At our December 21st meeting, budgetary discussion circled around the inclusion in the 2017-2018 budget of estimated costs for both of these studies (approx. $15,000 for engineering and $3000 for demographics). While these estimates came from a limited inquiry prior to our last meeting, the bid process required by our purchasing policy (Policy DJB) likely will result in a lower final cost, with unused funds returned to the taxpayers. Following our discussion, the School Board determined that more information is crucial to making educated decisions about our building and so including the two figures in the budget is the best course of action.
Remember that your chance to cast your vote on what the March warrant looks like is on February 11th at our Deliberative Session. Save the date!