Construction Project to Begin May 2nd

John Hay has been selected as the first school in the district to receive a new ‘green’ heat pump system to be fully operational by Fall of 2011.  This project, set to begin May 2nd, has some significant implications regarding safety, security and playground access:

  1. Beginning May 2nd, the grassy field will be fenced off as the entire area will be under construction.  Construction crews will be drilling small, 6 inch diameter wells throughout the playfield.  As a result, the grass will be removed and the play area will be unavailable until the spring of 2012 when new grass has been established. 
  2. The Climber will be available for use during most weeks of the construction project and will be most easily accessible from the main stairway.  During the weeks when drilling and equipment move within closer proximity to the Climber, the Climber will be closed and fenced off.
  3. Construction materials will be secured inside the fenced construction area.  However, deliveries will be made beginning at 4:00 in the afternoon.   Delivery trucks will access the site through the main playground gate.  Cones and flags will indicate the afternoons when a delivery is scheduled.  On those days, the playground must be cleared by 4:00 pm. 
  4. During the months of May and June, construction will begin at 3:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm per city ordinance guidelines.  The immediate neighborhood will be notified of the project through flyers and the district is considering scheduling a neighborhood community meeting during the later weeks of April to provide information.  I will notify parents of this community meeting through the Daily Bulletin.  All interested parties are invited to attend.

We are looking forward to having an efficient heating and ventilation system at Hay.  I am happy to answer any questions I can by e-mail at  As questions come in, I’ll likely publish a FAQ document on the Daily Bulletin and the school website.  I will also be provided updates about the project in the upcoming Hay News.


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