Our district staff, teachers, and administrators welcomed back to school our students last week and I want to thank our parents and community for assisting us in having a smooth start to our school year. I am excited to announce that our growing district has surpassed the five thousand student enrollment threshold. This number represents the near doubling of our student population over the past five school years. We are especially proud that during this time of growth our district has maintained its status as the highest performing district in San Joaquin County. These results are testament to the hard work and dedication that our community takes in providing our students with a high quality education. Congratulations to all and thank you.
Many important developments have occurred over the summer. First and foremost, we opened Peter Hansen Elementary School, our sixth K-8 school and seventh total school. We want to thank Roebbelen Construction for their hard work in meeting challenging timelines to make our August deadline. The school is beautiful. We are also far along in the planning process to build our eighth K-8 school, Julius Cordes Elementary School. The school design is in the final stages of State approval with the Department of School Architecture (DSA). Our hope is that the design approval and the funding of the project will lead to us breaking ground in the early part of 2019; the goal is to open Julius Cordes Elementary School in August of 2020. Our student population numbers are such that we believe that student growth will fill Peter Hansen Elementary over the next school year, with student overflow occurring in 2019-20 into our other school sites until Julius Cordes opens. We also have additional projects planned for this school year, which includes a district warehouse, the expansion of the district administrative offices, a professional development center (at the Cordes campus), and design plans for an additional K-8 school south of Grant Line Road which will be called Evelyn Costa Elementary School. We will also complete the makerspace project at all of our K-8 schools this year, modeled after the LILA makerspace at Lammersville Elementary School.
We also want to welcome all of the new staff to our Lammersville USD family. Our district added 109 new staff members which includes teachers, support staff, classified staff, and administrators.
Dr. Kirk Nicholas