Construction Update 8.4.14

Construction Update

August 4, 2014

Dear Laidlaw Families,

As you can see, the construction project at Laidlaw has come a long way in the past four weeks. We are incredibly excited about all of the opportunities that will be provided with the new and remodeled spaces.  We have received many questions from parents regarding the status of the project, so we thought it an optimal time to update you on our most current information, as we hit the one-month mark prior to the start of the new school year.


Our general contractor, Henry Brothers, and architects, DLA, have informed us that all primary instructional spaces - including the new kindergarten classrooms, Early Childhood Education (ECE) spaces, and the new second floor classroom (5-K) - will be completed prior to the first day of school (September 2). As well, all remodeled/updated spaces within the original building will also be completed in advance of September 2. This will allow all students to begin the school year in their primary classroom space as of the first day of school.



However, as expected, there are areas of the new addition which will not be ready for day one due to the six-week permit delay we experienced at the onset of the project – a delay we did not experience at Field Park, Forest Hills, or McClure. Because of this delay, we expect that the gymnasium, reading room/office, and building-wide air conditioning are unlikely to be fully usable prior to September 30. We do expect that all new building spaces and air conditioning will be completed some time prior to October 1.If, for any reason, any of the new spaces noted above are not completed, we do have alternative plans at the ready, and we will communicate and implement them, as necessary. These alternative plans include keeping all of our students at Laidlaw in alternative spaces within the building.


You may be wondering what the impact of these plans will be on your child. We would like to reiterate that although we do foresee some delays with utilizing our gym space, school will start as scheduled on Tuesday, September 2nd.  We hope to continue the tradition where students come to Laidlaw and drop off supplies and meet teachers prior to the first day of school, but plans related to this will depend on construction progress over the next three weeks – plans which will be communicated to you as they become clearer to us. We will also notify families specifically of the previously planned Kindergarten Open House/Curriculum Night that was scheduled for August 27th. In addition, physical educational classes will be taking place outdoors, and students will be eating lunch in their classrooms to start the year. But, as we noted above, we anticipate that these alternative plans will be very temporary, with normal operations and full building access beginning in early-October.



If you would like to see how the building is looking “up close and from the inside,” please go to our website and click on this link below named  "Construction Movie Week by Week"


Don’t forget about Fees and Forms Drop Off on Wednesday, August 27th from 5-7PM. We will continue to keep you abreast of the latest construction updates. Feel free to contact us if you have any further questions or concerns. And, we look forward to seeing you and your child(ren) very soon in our new and improved building!




Dr. Brian Barnhart, Superintendent and Mrs. Erin DeBartolo, Principal                                           


Weekly Construction Update

Construction is in full swing. Watch this slideshow

to see the  amazing changes to Laidlaw

beginning the week of June 16th and continuing to date.


Each week, we will add new pictures to the

slideshow to show progress. Click on the link below:



Construction at Laidlaw Week by Week

Updated 8/15/14

6.20.14 Summer Update

Good morning Laidlaw families. Hopefully you have been able to enjoy some of this soggy summer so far. I wanted to give you some important updates:


1. We do not have working phones at this time. If you need immediate assistance, please communicate vis email and I will answer your questions. Keep in mind that Mrs. Hague will not be back until August 19th.


2. Construction- As of today, we officially have walls going up. The foundations have been poured and walls knocked down, but the big one is coming next week. Take a drive by to see the gym wall slowly come down. The Henry Bros. crew is doing an amazing job. We look forward to continued progress. 


3. Class Lists- This information will be mailed home approximately July 30th along with all your registration information. Please mark your calendars now for August 27th- Fees and Forms Drop Off, 5-7PM.  


4. Special thanks to the amazing people who contributed to the yearbook this year on the Yearbook Committee. We had a great team this year! Thank you to:

Amy Clary, Anne Hill, Deanne Bingham, Sarah Simpson, Carrie Shurhay, Gina Elter, Emily Carter, Denise Clark, Kaci Waters, Kalen Keeley, Maria Young, Kari Gough, Potoula Vlahos, Stephanie Mortimer and Susan Ormsby


I hope that you are all reading, practicing your math facts, and having some fun. I'll keep you updated with any new progress. 


3rd Planetarium

3rd Grade enjoyed a trip to the Planetarium thanks to the support of WSFEE!


2014 3sphoto

2014 3rd photo 3

  2014 Trip to Planetarium

Kdg Visit May 2014

Click here to view the Kindergarten Visit May 2014 information.

kdg visit


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