Our construction crew, architect, and school employees are working hard to do our very best to accomplish as much work as possible prior to the start of school on the primary construction project. Many tasks with this project have been done, and now for the putting things back together, installing, painting, cleaning, repairing, and creating a new entry way. Our primary school will have a new face lift in the front entrance to give more safety to our students and staff as well as an entire new heating and air conditioning system throughout the building. This is a lengthy process and one that began as soon as possible after the students were out of the building to get as much done prior to their return. We will most likely not have all units installed in all classrooms and the office may have to be temporally re-located in the gym where it is now. This will only be temporary, and when the construction is complete, our students and staff will have a cleaner and safer new heating and air system as well as a safer and more secure entry way. The district will do their best to keep the students and staff as comfortable as possible while we move through this transition process. We want to say thank you now for your patience while we work hard to get the needed work done and the job completed. We will keep the public informed as this process moves towards completion. Please continue to read the articles in the newspaper and watch our website for updates and information/directions for the start of school.

The Lonoke School District is also hosting an Open House at all campuses. The locations, dates, and times are below:

Join the Lonoke Elementary Staff for an informative Open House on Thursday, Aug. 14. The building will be open from 5-7 p.m. for parents to tour the building and drop off school supplies. Grade level parent meetings with Mrs. Barbaree, LES Principal, will be held in our gym at the following times: third grade 5 p.m., fourth grade 5:30 p.m., and fifth grade 6 p.m.

Primary Second chance Kindergarten registration will be from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4, in Lonoke Primary School gym due to construction. Primary Open House for Kindergarten is 6-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 4 in the gym. First grade Open House is 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11, in the gym. Second grade Open House is 6:45-7:45 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 11 in the gym.

Middle School Open House for sixth grade is on Tuesday, Aug. 12, from 6-7 p.m. and grades seventh and eighth from 7-8 p.m.

High School Open House is on Monday, Aug. 11, 2014, for the ninth grade at 6:30 p.m. at the Gina Cox Center. The 10th – 12th grade open house begins at 7:15 p.m. in the Gina Cox Center.

Other upcoming events:

There will be a local minister’s brunch for all Lonoke community church leaders in an effort to meet and greet the district staff and work together to communicate the importance of parent/community involvement in the school system, and the vital values that parents instill in their children that help support students’ academic achievement and success. The brunch will take place at the Lonoke High School Cafeteria on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The district mission/vision will be discussed with the team of leaders and strategic planning to support student growth in academics, behavioral, social, extra-curricular and emotional skills. Please RSVP the district office if you plan to attend at 501-676-2042.

Homework Hotline Parental Involvement Event: Thursday, Aug. 7 from 6 -7 p.m. at the Lonoke Carver Campus, old Middle School, located at 500 East Locust. Join us for hotdogs and drinks and receive information to sign up for free after school tutoring. Hope to see you there.

Band Boosters is meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014, at 6:30 p.m.

School begins on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.