July Update

Hello Everyone,

Summer always seems to go so fast, especially if you are busy. I wanted to share some important updates as we move towards the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.

Facility

As you know, the construction on our new addition has started, but is moving slowly. In fact, the project is behind schedule as I write this note. While some work has been done, it is not likely that we will be able to hold any large conferences or meetings at the new location through the month of August . As soon as the concrete is poured, the pace of the work should pick up.

Move Update

The office staff are now operating out of the new facility (5807 Osborne Drive West, Hastings, NEĀ  68901).There has been a great deal of work over the past two months moving boxes, furniture, computers, storage cabinets, etc.

Cindy Paczkowski and Lynda have drywalled, sanded and painted several locations in the new building due to the moving of some desks and cabinets.

Gary, Tim and Dallas (intern) have been phenomenal moving and updating our technology while simultaneously keeping disruptions to an infinitesimal amount.

At this time, I think we have turned a corner, although the process of moving will continue (unpacking, filing and locating everything). Thank you everyone for your work!

Board Meeting (July 16)

Budget

We have been winding down the 2017-18 budget, and Larry has done a great deal of work on the 2018-19 budget (in between moving cabinets).

Keyless Entry

The ESU 9 Board voted to purchase and install a keyless entry system at the new location, so we can all use key cards to enter the new building, similar to what we have now. When the new system is installed, we will make sure you get a new key card.

Regarding the old facility: Due to some changes, you can enter the old ESU 9 Building on the east and west entrances using your current key card. However, you cannot enter through the front doors with your current key card.

Personnel

The ESU 9 Board voted to hire Mr. Joe Haney as Interim Special Services Director. The board also voted to hire Ms. Kathleen (Katie) Marten as a part-time Interpreter. Joe has worked for ESU 9 as an SLP, and Katie has been a substitute Interpreter in the past. Congratulations to Joe and Katie.

Finally, we will be having our Opening Day on Thursday, August 16th at the old ESU 9 location. We are working to finalize the agenda, and it will be sent out in the near future.

Thank you all, and see you in the not-so-distant future.

Sincerely,

Kraig Lofquist