PTSC Update: Porter Lakes Elementary School Construction

Posted: December 7, 2015 in Building Relationships, Communication, Culture of Achievement, Curriculum, Instruction, Leadership, Operational, Organizational
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Porter Lakes Elementary School Construction

Since I came to PTSC in 2012, we have been talking about renovations that needed to happen at Porter Lakes Elementary School.  After years of planning and structuring the project so that it is tax neutral–we are finally to the point of seeing the work happen!
The first signs of this project beginning will roll out this week as construction fencing will be put in place in the PLE parking lot and in the front of the building, resulting in the closure of the front entrance door this Thursday.  This must happen as construction on the new office is set to begin.  (You can read some former PTSC Updates about this project here, here, and here.)   This is just one of many things we will be doing at the building, many of which will happen over the summer.
While this construction will certainly bring about change in how to access the building, we are excited about the enhanced safety it will provide for our students once the office is complete.  Here are some things you may wish to know to make accessing the building easier:
  • The front entrance will be closed this Thursday.
  • The new main entrance to PLE for visitors will be at the back of the building at the door closest to the cafeteria (Door D).
  • There is a camera and a buzzer system already at this door.  The procedure will be the same to gain access to the building.
  • Visitor parking will be in the main, north lot (the portion not fenced in for construction).  Park in the main lot and walk to Door D.
  • Bus riders will still be dropped off and picked up in the front of the building.  They will now enter and exit from the front, south door (which students practiced this morning).
  • The car rider line will still be in the same place, although it will not go as far up the sidewalk as it has in the past due to the construction.  Car riders will exit from the back of the building and cars will be loaded by the back cafeteria door.  PLE sent out a map showing this new configuration in their weekly newsletter.
  • All construction workers must wear badges and have background checks as we require.

Even with the most meticulously made plans, there is always need for flexibility.  We often talk to our students about the need to be flexible and believe it is an important lifeskill.  We are all anxious for the day (hopefully before the end of the school year) when we open the doors on the new office–all to provide increased security.  We appreciate your patience while construction is in process!

PTSC Standouts:

The PTSC Fine Arts are hard at work this December–concerts and performances have been happening all month.  Our buildings are full of music and song (and great visual displays!)–don’t miss out on all the hard work our students and staff are putting in making this season bright!

Email PTSC standouts to Dr. Schmidt at

Important Dates:

  • December 21-January 1:  No School, Winter Break
  • January 15:  End of 2nd Quarter/1st Semester
  • January 27:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • February 12:  Snow Day Make-Up Day or Break Day
  • February 15:  President’s Day–No School
  • February 17:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 16:  Online Day BGHS and BGMS
  • March 17:  End of Third Quarter
  • March 21-25:  Spring Break Week–No School

Things to Know/Do:

  • Now hiring substitute teachers! Please contact Linda Dusek at the administration building if you are interested in substitute teaching and she will help you start the application process and discuss qualifications.
  • Do your friends and neighbors know how to find our weekly updates? Even if your neighbors don’t have kids in school tell them about our weekly updates so they can hear the great news of what happens at PTSC!
  • Every Wednesday is a 30-minute delayed start. If we have a 2-hour delay, students will arrive at school 2 hours after the regular start time for the building.
  • We are also looking for bus drivers to drive our extra-curricular runs. If you are interested, please apply online. It’s a great way to earn some money and attend extra-curricular events!

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