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District is a busy place during summer 'vacation'

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This summer will be extremely busy for the Dublin City School District.

Our staff will be conducting summer school, working on building improvement projects, and preparing for the 2014-15 school year.

Advanced credit courses will be offered in a blended learning model utilizing the Dublin Technology Center this summer.

This means students will have some initial face-to-face time with an instructor, but will spend the majority of their time completing the course in an electronic format.

These courses were developed, and will be taught, by Dublin City Schools teachers.

Examples of some of the course offerings include: English IV, Chinese I, Physical Science, Health, Economics, Government, Algebra 1 and Environmental Science.

A complete list of available courses is available on the District's web site. You can download the summer school brochure at http://www.dublinschools.net/summerschool.aspx.

Elementary staff have developed an online resource for students at https://elementarysummerschool.wiki.dublinschools.net/.

The site features interactive and fun learning opportunities in language arts and math.

Summer is also the time of year my department is hard at work completing a variety of projects ranging from routine painting to roof replacement.

Just like our homes, as our buildings age they need more significant repairs and upgrades over time.

Building upkeep is a "pay me now, or pay me later" scenario and it is important we try to keep up with the maintenance needs of our buildings in the most cost effective manner possible.

This summer, our major project will be the expansion of the Davis Middle School commons area. The enrollment of Davis continues to grow and the student population will be above capacity by 2016.

Expansion of the commons will allow for the installation of an additional restroom and a renovation of the cafeteria serving lines to facilitate a more efficient lunch process at the school.

The expansion of Davis was part of the bond issue approved by the community in 2012.

Deer Run Elementary School will undergo HVAC renovations this summer. More efficient boilers, air handlers, and chillers will be installed.

Paving will take place at about a dozen district sites and concrete repairs will take place throughout the District on an as-needed basis.

The process of replacing the synthetic turf at all three of our high schools has been completed at Jerome and Scioto and Coffman is expected to be done in June.

Last year, a facilities committee recommended the district begin the process of upgrading the synthetic turf fields at all three high schools. The turf replacements were largely funded through facility rental fees.

The synthetic turf has allowed the district to rent its three high school stadiums on a significantly more frequent basis than would be possible with grass fields.

The fields were installed in 2003 and 2004 and have performed above expectations for our students and our community.

One of the consistent revenue generating events for synthetic turf replacements has been the Emerald City Music Games.

The District is proud to present the 2014 Emerald City Music Games on July 28 in Coffman's stadium.

The Coffman stop has been a fixture on Drum Corps International's Summer Music Games Tour for 10 years.

The event will feature several of the world's top drum and bugle corps in a late season competition just weeks from the World Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.

Eight corps will perform at the evening's competition including: Blue Knights, from Denver, Colo.: Cascades, from Seattle, Wash.; Jersey Surf, from Mount Holly, N.J.; Madison Scouts, from Madison, Wisc.; Pacific Crest, from Diamond Bar, Calif.; Santa Clara Vanguard, from Santa Clara, Calif.; Troopers, from Casper, Wyo.; and the Vanguard Cadets, from Santa Clara.

For ticket pricing and information go to the show website at www.emeraldcitygames.org

Annette Morud, the Dublin City School District's director of business affairs, submitted the School Notes column.

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