Wellington Superintendent Weiss answers questions on construction, school delay decision

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Thank you for your input. -12 Vote up Vote down bubba · 260 weeks ago Cause mr weiss needs to retire, why did you wait to start constrution so late, and why didnt contractors work longer hours. Because there mindless people running our school board. Lets sell the old high school for nothing and then talk about renting it out. Yay wellington Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down why? · 260 weeks ago I still wonder why we are sinking so much money into Washington school. It is clearly a money pit and unnecessary! In 10 years as our population continues to decline, are we going to sell Washington for next to nothing after sinking a ton of money into it? Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 260 weeks ago Weiss said “….they are working for the same clients we are — our children.” Sorry, but you’re wrong. You work for the PARENTS of those children. Report Reply 0 replies · active 260 weeks ago +14 Vote up Vote down momofkids · 260 weeks ago Good Grief people, the lesson to be learned here, is that in life, some things throw us off schedule and it is more about how we handle those situations than the schedule itself. Life is short, enjoy an extra week or two of summer, I am sure that our kids will get the same amount of education this school year as they would starting on 08/18/2015. If you want to throw a fit about something, how about addressing the cuts that Sam Brownback has left us to deal with. At least make it something that matters. Report Reply 1 reply · active 260 weeks ago +12 Vote up Vote down fsdf · 260 weeks ago Could not have said it better. It seems like parents are not wanting their kids home a week or two longer. Enjoy these times with your kids. They won’t be kids long and be thankful that they are not be sent to school with the conditions that buildijng is in now and even other conditions that the schools could be in. Report Reply 0 Vote up Vote down MaryAnn Hennig · 259 weeks ago It was too early to start school in the first place! Report Reply 0 replies · active 259 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Washington Elementary multipurpose room as it looked on Monday.by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Monday deadline had arrived. While USD 353 administrators and teachers were busy preparing for the first day of class, originally scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, Washington Elementary looked like a war zone.It has been the summer of construction at USD 353 as upgrades are being made throughout the school district from the Security and Safety plan approved by voters in 2014.While there is ongoing construction at the three other elementary schools — Eisenhower, Lincoln, and Kennedy— none of them were having the issues that Washington was having at 1100 N. Washington.The issues at Washington were more pronounced because it is an older building. This summer, it was determined that the HVAC unit needed to be moved from the ceiling to the floor because the roof could no longer sustain the weight of the unit. The Wellington school board made two change orders including redoing the duct work. As a result, Washington was much further behind than the other schools in the construction process.On Monday, the school was far for inhabitable for school business. There was pink insulation littered in the multi-purpose cafeteria room. Books, furniture and school supplies were stacked high in available rooms in the hallways. Dust covered the landscape and fiberglass was in carpet. Washington Elementary teachers were sweltering in the August heat with no air conditioning on the horizon.It became obvious to anyone who stepped foot in the elementary school, that this school would not be ready.A school administrator’s meeting was held Monday around noon at the USD 353 and Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss issued a press release shortly thereafter that the start of school at all USD 353 would be delayed a week.There have been several questions by the public at large especially about the late notice of the change, why the school administration decided to include the whole school instead of just Washington, and how the missed week will be made up.Sumner Newscow submitted 12 questions to Weiss via e-mail. His answers are featured below:1. Why was the whole school district called off instead of just Washington Elementary? Weiss — The Kansas State Department of Education allows two choices to schedule a school year — either attend 180 days or log 1,116 contact hours between teachers and students. Since USD 353 has 177 days in the negotiated agreement with the teachers that eliminates the 180 days so we have the hourly option.From that, KSDE requires the building with the least amount of hours logged as the official count of the district. Therefore we live with the lowest hour. Also, there were minor issues at Kennedy and Eisenhower that the extra time will help and there were items at Lincoln that needed addressed. It is anticipated this week will help complete all of those details and get everyone started together.2. How are you making up for the lost hours this week? Weiss — Yes, time adjustments are being considered to help make up for lost time. It will not require any changes in the times students get to school. Just an adjustment as to what time school/classes begins and ends. We are making it as painless as we can make it. Depending on the winter there are days later on that we can make up if necessary. If we can get back on Monday the return to normalcy should be sooner than later.3. Why did you wait until Monday to make this decision?  Weiss — We were assured by the WHH Construction (the contractor) Superintendent that all work would be completed and that school would be in session by Tuesday, August 18. It was decided to allow them that opportunity. The walk through was scheduled for Monday afternoon. That is when we would make that decision.4. Are there two sets of construction workers for this project? Weiss — Walz, Harmon and Huffman is the general contractor. They have many subcontractors working with HVAC, roofing, electrical, plumbing, etc.5. Some are questioning the timing of the construction. Why so close to school? Weiss — It was started after the 2014-15 school year ended in late May. There was some delay with the asbestos removal contract, but it was continually assured that things would be ready by August 18.6. The delay at Washington was two change orders. Can you explain what these change orders were and how did it delay the process? Weiss — Change orders were with the HVAC in bringing rooftop units to the ground as that was better for the support mechanism on the roof. That required more duct work and other electrical work.7. Will the construction workers be penalized for not making deadline? Weiss — At the end of the project there is a sum of money that will be held until all of the project is accepted by the board. The possibility exists of liquidated damages but at this time those issues will be decided at a later date.8. What will happen if Washington Elementary is still not ready in a week? Weiss — Once again, assurances have been made that building will be ready but contingency plays are being made if it isn’t. Those plans have not been finalized as of Tuesday, the 18th.9. What still needs to be done for Washington to be safe enough to return to school? Weiss — Insulation needs to be put back above the ceiling. HVAC, ductwork and electric work need completed. We also need a very good and thorough cleaning. That will begin to be addressed by bringing a professional cleaner in at the contractor’s expense.10. What about Lincoln? There were rumors that Lincoln Elementary was not ready either? Weiss — Lincoln needs finishing work in the office area, some electrical work in the office area and a cleaning everywhere. There has been construction and dust remains. That will also be addressed with the professional cleaner.11. Do you anticipate other delays as construction continues throughout the year? Weiss — We certainly hope not, but that depends on the weather and other unforeseen circumstances at this point.12. Mayor Shelley Hansel said the city inspector was not going to issue a certificate of occupancy at the end of the day on Monday. Was that part of the decision making process? Weiss — We certainly appreciate the help of the mayor and the City Building Inspector as they are working for the same clients we are — our children. Our decision was made at the end of last week on how we would proceed if the buildings were not ready. We were assured they would be and decided to give them to that point in time the opportunity to make that happen. So the answer is no but with the building inspector being the deciding factor, we will rely on his professional judgment if further delays are necessary. The contractor should be well aware of what the city building inspector requires for the building to be occupied.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

Chesney wins Country entertainer of the year; Strait, Underwood also collect honors

first_imgPHOTO GALLERY: ACM AwardsLAS VEGAS (AP) – Kenny Chesney collected his third consecutive entertainer of the year trophy Tuesday as the Academy of Country Music also paid tribute to a youngster and some oldsters. The academy honored veteran George Strait, newcomer Carrie Underwood and gave an unprecedented 14th vocal duo award to Brooks & Dunn. Brooks & Dunn were up against some stiff competition from Sugarland, Montgomery Gentry, Big & Rich and The Wreckers, and Ronnie Dunn fretted before the show that the pair had to lose “sooner or later.” “Not this year,” an exuberant Kix Brooks said as the duo claimed the trophy. “It’s still as much fun as it’s ever been, and we’re going to keep doing it.” A few minutes later, a subdued Chesney, wearing a black cowboy hat, accepted the top award, paying tribute to fellow musicians Keith Whitley and Strait. “When I first started playing music, I was in college and I would go rent all my equipment and put it in the back of a pickup truck. The only thing I wanted to do was cut a record as good as Keith Whitley did, and I listened to that music over and over again,” he said. Strait, who came into the competition with a leading eight nominations, claimed the first award of the night, winning song of the year for “Give It Away.” As he collected his trophy, he seemed particularly touched that as an older performer he wasn’t forgotten. Veteran singer-songwriter Bill Anderson, who joined Strait in collecting the trophy, seemed touched that older artists weren’t forgotten. “I’m old enough to be Carrie Underwood’s grandfather,” the 69-year-old said of the 24-year-old singer. Underwood, the 2005 “American Idol” winner, won album of the year for her debut CD, “Some Hearts,” and was honored as top female vocalist. “I would not be here if it were not for ‘American Idol,’” she said as she collected her vocal award. “Thank you, fans. God bless you.” Strait was also nominated for entertainer of the year, along with Chesney, Brooks & Dunn, Rascal Flatts and Tim McGraw. Miranda Lambert won new female vocalist, beating out former “American Idol” contestant Kellie Pickler and teenage country star Taylor Swift. During the show, Swift performed her hit song “Tim McGraw,” as its namesake and his wife, country star Faith Hill, sat in the audience beaming. Lambert attended the ceremonies with boyfriend and fellow country singer Blake Shelton, but he missed her victory. “He went to the bathroom just as I was winning, so I had nobody to hug,” she said. Brad Paisley was named male vocalist of the year, the only category in which he was nominated. Rascal Flatts captured best vocal group. Underwood, whose dark hit “Before He Cheats” dominated the video awards at last month’s fan-voted Country Music Television Music Awards, was also up for best female vocalist, single of the year, song of the year and video of the year at the ACMs, where winners are picked by the 4,500-member academy. The entertainment-driven program, hosted by Reba McEntire, was slated to hand out just a dozen awards. The show aired live on CBS from the MGM Grand hotel-casino, with a tape-delayed broadcast for the West Coast. Along with the top nominees, performers were to include Martina McBride, Josh Turner, Toby Keith, Sugarland and Paisley. Brooks & Dunn earlier were named recipients of the Home Depot Humanitarian Award, joining past honorees McEntire, Vince Gill, Lonestar, McBride and Neal McCoy. The group will be honored with two playgrounds to be built in cities of their choice. “It’s a pretty cool thing. I told them we’re a duo, so they should give us two. They didn’t blink an eye,” Dunn said. He is looking for a playground spot in Nashville. Partner Kix Brooks has chosen Shreveport, La. Other artists whose awards were announced before Tuesday’s show include: Producer Dann Huff; bass, Glenn Worf; drums, Eddie Bayers; fiddle, Aubrey Haynie; guitar, Brent Mason; keyboard, John Hobbs; specialty instrument (fiddle, mandolin), Stuart Duncan; steel guitar, Michael Johnson. ___ Academy of Country Music: http://www.acmcountry.com Academy of Country Music winners (AP) – Winners announced at Tuesday’s 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Entertainer: Kenny Chesney. Male Vocalist: Brad Paisley. Female Vocalist: Carrie Underwood. Vocal Group: Rascal Flatts. Vocal Duo: Brooks & Dunn. New Male Vocalist: Rodney Atkins. New Female Vocalist: Miranda Lambert. New Duo or Vocal Group: Little Big Town. Album: “Some Hearts,” Carrie Underwood. Single record: “Give It away,” George Strait. Song of the Year: “Give It Away,” George Strait. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

NCS Championship Preview: St. Bernard’s embracing underdog role entering D-4 title game vs. Cardinal Newman

first_imgARCATA >> During his time as both a head coach and an offensive coordinator in the North Bay, Matt Tomlin became well aware of what Cardinal Newman is all about.Tomlin’s respect for Paul Cronin is about as maxed out as it can get, describing the Cardinals’ longtime head coach and his coaching staff as “the best coaching staff in the entire state of California.”Now for the second straight season, Tomlin’s Crusaders have the chance to bring a section title from the Bay Area back to Eureka. Up a …last_img read more

Bob Myers wrestling with where the Warriors stand in the West next season

first_imgOAKLAND – As they drove across the bridge from San Francisco to Oakland to stop at the Warriors’ facility on Monday, Warriors general manager Bob Myers and coach Steve Kerr had plenty of time to reflect.They had time to mourn the departures to Kevin Durant, Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston. They had time to answer the question marks on how well the Warriors can sustain another playoff run next season. The Warriors will have all of next season to process how those variables play out. It …last_img read more

South African coffee shop named best in world

first_img25 February 2016Described as a steam-punk inspired, relaxed meeting place for Cape Town’s hip and happening crowd, Truth Coffee features hand-roasted blends created onsite and an immeasurably cool atmosphere. It’s a combination so appealing, it’s landed Truth back at the top of the list of best coffee shops in the world, according to the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.It’s the second year running the coffee shop has grabbed the top slot.Its old-timey industrial charm, created with leather and steel art pieces and decorative installations by some of the city’s best artists, is part of the appeal of the coffee shop. But above all, as voted by the newspaper’s readers, the coffee at Truth is near perfect, elaborately presented with the most original foam art by its inspired baristas.artwork by the barista @TRUTHcoffee pic.twitter.com/eyT478uUBi— Belinda Basson (@Acorncrafts) February 19, 2016A friendly and welcoming atmosphere tops off one of the best coffee-drinking experiences in the Mother City, and now, officially, in the world. The food menu, something often overlooked in coffee culture, also comes highly recommended, with a wide selection of freshly baked confectionaries and light lunches.Truth topped rival coffee shops in Turkey (Fazil Bey in Istanbul), Italy (Rome’s Sant Eustachio Cafe) and the Barista Parlor in Nashville, Tennessee, which was voted the best coffee shop in America by the Buzzfeed website.Other contenders included coffee shops in Sweden, Singapore and Australia.Truth enjoys a four-star rating on TripAdvisor, based on over 200 positive reviews, making it one of the top 50 eateries in the city. Situated around the corner from the District Six Museum and other well-known Cape Town attractions, the shop is popular with tourists and locals alike.Truth also won the best coffee shop category in the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes- Benz Best Everyday Eateries for the Western Cape, and was nominated for the Boschendal Style Award in the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.Being one of the hippest hangouts in Cape Town, Truth is naturally popular with the most fashionable social media personalities, particularly on Instagram and Twitter.I am back… Leaving my mark! @TRUTHcoffee pic.twitter.com/ziA2ZN9xLj— Belinda Basson (@Acorncrafts) February 19, 2016Yep. @TRUTHcoffee has just been voted the #1 coffee shop in the world by @TheTelegraph__: https://t.co/19jP7xGEaW pic.twitter.com/CCeqxLXg7d— PulseCheck (@PulseCheckSA) February 23, [email protected] So when Home Affairs only opens at 9h today this is where you come to find peace and great coffee! — Jas (@thisisjassi) February 24, 2016Step Inside Truth, a Steampunk #Coffee Shop in Cape Town, South Africa. https://t.co/HxcoPgjDrm @Colossal pic.twitter.com/WC061XPbHI— I LOVE COFFEE MUGS (@LOVECOFFEEMUGS) Februar y 22, 2016Source: News24last_img read more

Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semis

first_imgGinebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra booked a trip to the semifinals and ended San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid in stunning fashion, 104-84, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Justin Brownlee was a handful with 37 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks while also getting a lot of help from the locals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ross and Cabagnot combined for only 13 points, four rebounds and eight assists.Thompson tallied seven points, team-high 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals.Terrence Watson scored 30 points but he failed to step up when SMB needed him most. Fajardo, who is tipped to win his fourth straight MVP award, had 19 points and 22 rebounds with five blocks.It was only fitting that the last coach to win the Grand Slam prevented history from repeating itself. Cone won two Grand Slams, the first with Alaska in 1996 and the other with Purefoods in 2014. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chris Ross credits teammates for near triple double PLAY LIST 01:00Chris Ross credits teammates for near triple double01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from Bulldogs View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s never easy. If you look at the score, the only time I felt safe was when we had a 102-72 lead,” Cone said.“I cant tell you how relieved I am that we’re not playing a knockout game with them.”The Kings outscored the Beermen, 23-9, in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter capped by a basket by Brownlee for a 97-70 lead.The game started the way it was expected to be with neither team giving an inch. But Brownlee shifted into high gear and carried Ginebra with him in the second quarter, where he shot 16 points and San Miguel was limited to just nine.“Our defense really stepped up today. Going into this game that was really our battlecry because we all know the kind of firepower San Miguel has,” said Tenorio, who finished with eight points and 10 assists as he and Thompson outplayed the Beermen’s backcourt duo of Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot. ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Joe Devance scored 17 points, hitting four triples, while guards LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson had near double-double efforts and towering big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar added 13 points each.“Nobody saw that coming. we just played great from start to finish. It was one of those nights for them and it came at a bad time for them,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGinebra, who owned a twice-to-beat advantage as the No. 3 seed, dealt San Miguel its worst loss of the season.The Gin Kings made it look easy in knocking off the star-studded Beermen, who have the reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, but Cone said he didn’t feel at ease until Thompson buried a 3-pointer that stretched the lead to 30 with 2:35 remaining. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Indias admission into NSG may figure in China-US talks

first_imgFrom K J M VarmaBeijing, Jun 5 (PTI) Amid deepening divisions over the disputed South China Sea, China and US will hold their high level annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue here tomorrow during which a host of issues including differences over Indias entry into the NSG are expected to be discussed.Billed as the most comprehensive dialogue between the worlds two largest economies, it will be attended by top officials from both sides, including US Secretary of State John Kerry.While South China Sea (SCS) issue which has now become a major flash point between the two countries is expected to dominate the two-day talks, a host of other issues including Taiwan, Tibet and Indias inclusion in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) are also expected to figure.While the US has expressed its firm backing to Indias inclusion into the 48-member nuclear club building on the India-US nuclear accord, China has been insisting that there should be consensus among the members about inclusion of countries who have not signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty.India has not signed the NPT on the ground that it is discriminatory.Officials here are hopeful of a solution as China-US dialogue is taking place ahead of two of NSGs key plenary meetings on June 9 in Vienna and June 24 in Seoul during which the issue is expected to come up.As India pressed its case, Pakistan too has applied amid reports that China is trying to push the case of its all-weather ally.India itself has taken up this issue with top Chinese leadership as part of high profile diplomacy, specially during last months President Pranab Mukherjees visit here.advertisementHowever, China last night said that differences still prevailed among the NSG members about non-NPT members.”Discussion within the NSG is still going on about the accession of non-NPT countries, and NSG members remain divided on this issue,” Chinese Foreign Ministry told PTI.Still sticking to its stand that that new members should sign the NPT, the Ministry said “the NSG is part and parcel of the international non-proliferation regime”.About the Pakistan application which China is reportedly backing, the Ministry said “China has noted Pakistans official application for NSG membership. Pakistan is not a party state to the NPT.”Ahead of the US-China dialogue, Chinese officials said besides the SCS,China will bring up topics related to its major concerns, including the Taiwan question, Tibet and maritime security.The two countries have differing pursuits on major issues at the strategic level.However, the two still have many common interests, official media here quoted Chinese officials as saying. PTI KJV MRJ AKJ MRJlast_img read more

9 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with matchwinner Rice

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini delighted with matchwinner Riceby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDeclan Rice proved West Ham’s matchwinner for victory over Arsenal on Saturday.The 19-year-old midfielder struck early in the second half to condemn Arsenal, who left Mesut Ozil out of their squad, to a fifth defeat of the season.Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini said, “Declan Rice is improving in every game, maybe first of all I decided for him to be a midfielder because he can play as a centre-back too. After that, when he was giving solid performances in that position, we tried to help him play a little bit up. “Today you could see he played a lot of balls in front and not back, and he has a good shot, is good technically and is good on aerial duels so I think we are seeing a complete player. He is just 19 years old and I’m sure in the future he will be a top, top player.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

a month agoMan City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered me

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Why De Bruyne angered meby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Kevin De Bruyne angered him during their 8-0 thrashing of Watford.De Bruyne had a hand in five of the Blues’ eight goals, including scoring the last, a rasping right-footed drive that gave Ben Foster no chance. But Guardiola said, “Kevin sometimes is a special player, sometimes he sees something the other guys cannot see on the pitch, not even off [it].”Sometimes I’m a little bit [angry] when the simple ball you lose it, how with your quality you can lose it? “But he is incredibly talented player, and sometimes you miss it from here, loses it from here but sometimes his vision up front and the quality he has [is incredible].” last_img read more