The summer of 2010 will be a busy one for Dublin City Schools. As soon as this school year ends, we will begin preparing for the 2010-11 school year that begins on Aug. 23.

The summer of 2010 will be a busy one for Dublin City Schools. As soon as this school year ends, we will begin preparing for the 2010-11 school year that begins on Aug. 23.

While school building offices are closed from mid-June to early August, the buildings themselves will be centers of activity during the summer months. Our principals, as well as central office administrators and clerical staff, work 12 months per year.

Nearly all district buildings are used for a variety of activities during the summer. Camps, city of Dublin programs, summer school and other events will all take place in our schools this summer.

Summer registration

Parents of elementary and middle school students new to the district, who would like to register their children while the building offices are closed this summer, may do so by calling Edie Carton at 764-5913.

The 2010-11 back to school dates will soon be posted on the district's web site,

Facilities in constant use

The district's extensive summer school programs take place at Thomas Elementary, Deer Run Elementary and Jerome High School. More than 1,200 students are enrolled in the summer school program this year. Summer school offerings include enrichment, classes for credit and credit recovery.

The district's buildings host a variety of other programs during the summer as well, including programs run by the city of Dublin Parks and Recreation Department, and a variety of our own sports, music and staff professional development programs.

Stadium events abound at the district's high school facilities. The synthetic turf at each of the three high schools allows for year-round use. Summer events include women's football, a football camp run by Chris Spielman, the city of Dublin's Fourth of July events, the Emerald City Music Games, Dublin Irish Festival events and more.

Protecting your investment and our students

When our schools are not being used by our community, we are engaged in maintenance projects that range from routine to major.

The district's facilities are worth about $300-million. It only makes sound fiscal sense to take good care of the community's investment in our infrastructure. At present, the district's maintenance and grounds staff maintains about 2.1-million square feet of school building space, more than 440 acres of land, 69 athletics fields, 30 tennis courts and 53 acres of parking lots. There are more than 3,800 trees and more than 5,350 bushes on district property.

Construction on four additional classrooms at Karrer and Davis middle schools will be finished this summer and ready for students when the new school year begins. Other major projects this summer include the renovation of the Indian Run Elementary restrooms, Scioto weight room expansion and asphalt repair and concrete work at several buildings.

The construction of four additional classrooms at Wyandot, Thomas and Wright elementary schools will begin in late August and will be ready for students with the beginning of the 2011-12 school year. The transformation of administrative offices to classrooms will be complete at Coffman this summer.

Upgrading the security at all of our facilities is a priority identified by the district's safety and security committee in 2007. The committee consisted of representatives from our buildings, community members and the Dublin Police Department. One of the committee's highest priorities, the reconfiguring of building entrances to prevent unauthorized access during the school day, has been completed.

Additional recommendations from the committee will be implemented this summer. These security upgrades include more and newer security cameras, a new keyless entry system and alarm systems that work in coordination with local law enforcement agencies.

The bond issue portion of Issue 76, passed in November 2008, continues to be the source of funding for the district's capital improvement projects. During the Issue 76 information campaign, yellow signs were placed at each district building indicating the improvements to take place at that facility. The district is on track to fulfill the commitments outlined on those signs.

David Axner is superintendent of Dublin City Schools.