JAMESTOWN – Officials with Jamestown Public Schools are getting ready for the start of the new school year, which begins for students one week from today.
Jamestown School Superintendent Bret Apthorpe tells WRFA that the majority of the summer construction and renovation projects are completed and the each of the district’s 10 buildings should be ready when classes start next Thursday, Sept. 6.
“It’s hard to believe that school is just around the corner, but the schools have been very busy,” Apthorpe said during an interview earlier this week. “There’s been several construction projects over the summer and fortunately they are all coming in on schedule. The buildings are looking very clean and the construction equipment should be removed this week and we’re excited to have the kids coming back next week”
Apthorpe says teachers and staff will also be ready for the start of the new school year, and that includes nearly two dozen new hires who were brought in earlier this month.
A total of 22 new hires were approved by the Jamestown School Board during two separate meetings earlier this month. All positions were included in the budget approved by city residents in May.
Students in grades K through 12 will have half a day of school on Thursday, September 6. The first full day, as well as the first day of classes for UPK students, will be Friday, September 7.
You can hear more from Superintendent Apthorpe and his thoughts on how things are shaping up for the new school year during our weekly Community Matters program, which will air at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 30 and Noon on Sunday, Sept. 2. Also on the program will be details on the 2018 Jamestown Labor Day Festival, taking place this coming Sunday.