Dear Parents and Friends of LCS:
Yesterday, August 25, I opened the elementary school's doors at seven o'clock for Monday's classes to start. The water was already over an inch in areas of the lobby. The water was flowing from a line that had been connected to the sink in a mop room near the library. Judging from the amount of water in the halls, library, and classrooms it would seem that the leak started several hours before on Sunday night. We began cleanup immediately and several parents were good helpers. Because of the time element, mopping alone was not going to repair the more critical water damage.
Our insurance agent and a professional restoration company were on the scene within a very short time. The crew cleaning and repairing are working and clearing. A temporary dumpster is situated at one end of the building. Drying equipment is going day and night.
For all of the construction noise, our elementary building is still too quiet. We miss the sounds of children. While middle and high school students have been here both days, our elementary building has been in the process of repair with empty classrooms and silent hallways.
If all goes well we hope that the classrooms will be available for use by Tuesday, September 2. Some reconstruction will continue after hours and on the weekend and we hope that classes will soon be possible. Please pray that the work will go smoothly.
We are planning to extend the elementary school day by thirty minutes each day until our absences are covered.
Thank all of you for your patience. This is a definite first for our school and it is with great reluctance that classes have been postponed. Your kindness and understanding have made this problem bearable for the teachers and staff. Several parents have approached me offering financial assistance for the extensive repairs. Our insurance company is working with us to meet the requirements of the present problem.
As many of you know, our elementary building was our first building twenty years ago. At this time, the school is in the midst of raising a substantial down payment for a new elementary building. The plans accepted by the LCS Board are exciting and will more than fill the needs of our immediate future. All financial support for the new building will be an investment that will go far beyond the present temporary problems.