LOWER POTTSGROVE PA – For a couple scheduling a wedding, or a family planning a trip, finding a date everyone is available for and agrees on may be the most difficult decision of the event.
That’s also true, apparently, for the Pottsgrove School District. It wants to plan a long-overdue grand opening celebration for its already refurbished and re-opened Pottsgrove High School, but finding the right day seems to be its biggest problem.
School officials had hoped to hold the opening last November (2016), three months after students returned to the building for the academic year, but contractors for the more than $20 million project hadn’t yet finished all items on their job-ending punch lists. November was scrapped.
Administrators then aimed for December; a few building-related items were still outstanding, so that month didn’t work either. “Things just seemed to fall apart on us,” Superintendent Dr. William Shirk conceded. The party was delayed to what all sought as a more suitable date.
Fast-forward to Tuesday (Aug. 8, 2017) when, during the Board of School Directors’ meeting and almost a year after students streamed through the high school doors, Shirk proposed Sept. 29 (Friday) as a perfect day for an opening party. “We’re in a position to do it this year,” he added happily.
The day marks the start of Homecoming Weekend, Shirk noted. Plenty of people, including high school alumni, would be available, he said. The school would be in great shape, and visitor tours could show off “the high school in action,” he added.
There’s that pesky calendar to wrestle with, though.
Yom Kippur, considered the most solemn day of the Jewish religious year, occurs Sept. 30 (Saturday), board members noted. Planning the grand opening for that weekend, they considered, might preclude those observing the holy day from attending the high school event.
There are other, alternative dates, Shirk agreed. None was chosen Tuesday. Instead, the superintendent said he’ll give the matter more thought, and then consult again with directors.
There’s always October, he mused.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Aug. 8 meeting):’
- Worst Part Of Party Planning? Choosing A Date
- Non-Union Wage Increase On Pottsgrove Agenda
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