Guest Column: Meeker School District update

MEEKER | Design work on the new Meeker School District Bus Garage continues. While building costs, potential site work, and utility costs present unique budgetary challenges for this facility, the school district remains committed to fulfilling the promises made in last fall’s bond election.  Those promises included construction of a new bus garage. Design work for this facility is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 1, and construction is slated to begin in the spring of 2020.

In the meantime, work continues to progress well on Meeker High School.  The lists below outline those items that will be different as well as items that will remain the same for Meeker High School in 2019-2020. The lists are not intended to be exhaustive, but to offer a sense of what students, staff, parents and community members can expect this school year. Many thanks go to Amy Chinn for compiling the vast majority of the lists below.

What is different for MHS in 2019-2020?

Part of the building is gone.

Traffic is one-way (clockwise) around the high school.

Parking is angled.

The entrance for school and events is at the north doors.

Most classes are in the north end of the building.

Band/Choir/Woodshop are located at the middle school.

The Ag Shop and Plant Science facilities are located off-campus.

The auditorium is not in use.

Construction will continue while school is in session.

Students and staff will not enter the construction zone unless they are authorized to do so and are accompanied by Haselden staff.

Construction workers will not enter the portion of the school where students are present.

Most interior floors are concrete.

Much of the cafeteria has been removed and it is now only a servery.  Students will eat throughout the school.

Concessions will be served from the cafeteria.

The auxiliary gym is no longer a gym.

All sporting events will be in the main gym and/or elementary school gym.

There will be no bells.

What is the same for MHS in 2019-2020?

Student safety is our no. 1 priority.

Student learning is also our no. 1 priority.

Meeker High School expects Excellence in All We Do.

Students will learn and teachers will teach.

The Student Code of Conduct will be enforced.

Attendance remains a point of emphasis.

All co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are expected to excel.

By Chris Selle | MSD Superintendent