Our fall semester is coming to a close, and I want to update you on several projects and topics.
Campus Safety Enhancements
A safe campus is our top priority, and we will be installing new security gates at the entrance to our campus. The gates will be used from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help improve perimeter control of our campus. Having the gates in use will require all visitors to park and check in at the Administration building. Please watch for more details and instructions after the break about the security gate and our new visitor check-in procedures. Additionally, we are installing upgrades to our campus intercom system which will extend coverage to our playground, practice fields, and athletic fields. This fall, we installed signs on buildings throughout campus which is designed to help law enforcement and public safety officials quickly identify locations on our campus in an emergency situation.
Our faculty and staff have participated in three safety related training programs over the past two years, and we believe that such training needs to be ongoing. Safety training conducted by the Perry Police Department has been scheduled for our faculty and staff during their January 4th Professional Development Day. Also, we will have planned and unplanned visits by local law enforcement.
Thank you so much for the generosity that you have shown by donating to the Annual Fund. We are delighted to report that the school has now surpassed its participation goal and currently has 90 percent of families participating. The Fund helps make the Safety and Facilities improvements possible. We have a long-term vision for the school in which gifts are solicited professionally and appropriately and in which the gifts are used to enhance the school. I also want to thank those who continue to support the school through the tax credit program which we refer to as Georgia GOAL, and I encourage you to call me if you want to know more about any of our giving programs.
During the break, the men’s and ladies’ restrooms in the gymnatorium will be renovated to include new sinks, counter tops, ceilings, paint, lighting, and flooring. We look forward to completing this project to upgrade these restrooms not only for student use, but also for visitors to our gymnatorium for events such as graduation, Grandparents’ Day, and other school assemblies, events, and programs. We plan to replace the flooring in the Lower School Media Center over the summer.
I wish you all a safe and Merry Christmas,
Head of School