In an effort to make sure you have as much information as possible, incomplete though it may be, I want to give you an update on the plans related to our building. As I announced on March 31, the evaluation and repair process needed because of the earthquake will prevent us from returning to our building for the remainder of this school year. Now, estimates are making it very clear we will likely be without a building during the 2020-2021 school year as well.
Although we will wait for additional directives from our governor about how the statewide dismissal will affect the conclusion of this school year, I can speak with confidence that West Lake will be up and running to start the 2020-2021 school year, displaced though we may be. One of the advantages of being part of a large school district like Granite is that the district maintains many buildings and many properties, some of which are unused at times as district planning and boundaries fluctuate. Right now, we are studying several options to house our student body and staff as the West Lake facility is addressed. It’s too soon to know specifics as our board is studying options and will eventually adopt a plan, but I’m certain it will allow us to continue the fine programs we’ve worked so hard to build at West Lake and facilitate transportation for our student body to and from the temporary site.
In the long run, whether West Lake will require a renovation or a rebuild, this process is going to provide us the best and safest facility for our students even though it will require us to navigate bumps and inconveniences along the way. I’m excited about that!
I anticipate more information by early May, and I’ll keep you posted each step of the way.