Houston, We Have a Problem
First of all I would like to thank the Maquoketa Community School District staff, students, and parents for a great 2014-15 school year. My first year as superintendent in Maquoketa has proven to be a great learning experience and has also made me very excited about the places we can go with education here in Maquoketa! Thanks also goes out to our community for, without your support, we would not be able to provide all the outstanding opportunities to our students that we do. It does take a village to raise a child and I am very thankful that we are all on the same TEAM!
Now, onto some critical information that you need to be aware of in regards to our middle school building here in Maquoketa. The building itself is over 90 years old and in desperate need of extensive repairs. First, the building does not meet all of the Federal requirements of the American’s With Disabilities Act. This means many of the classrooms, restrooms, and hallways do not meet the required standards for handicapped accessibility.
Second, the current heating and ventilation system is over 50 years old and must be replaced. Poor ventilation, extremely hot rooms in the winter and summer, and costly utility bills are the main reasons to have this system replaced.
Finally, the square footage of the current middle school is approximately 20,000 sq ft. less than what the building should be for the number of students that we have at Maquoketa. This causes overcrowding in classrooms and limits the flexibility and spaces for 21st century learning such as cross curricular projects, labs, collaboration, and presentations.
Knowing this information we need your help! Please take a minute to go to this link and fill out the 5 question survey.
Thank you so much for your help and support this school year. Your investment in our students is extremely important and valuable!