Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Amid Chaos, A New School Year Awaits......




When we returned from our vacation back east, I had a message on my phone from the district person in charge of air conditioning. He wanted to let me know that the new air conditioning that was being installed, was not going according to how he had planned for it. As a result, there would be no a/c anywhere on campus (except my office) until at least July 24. I have been doing this long enough to know that promises made by construction people very rarely work out.

I returned to school on Monday, July 13, to find that my office was fairly cool. However, all of the ceiling tiles were out in the main office causing it to be very warm. There were workers everywhere in the office trying to get the air conditioning working. In addition, we are getting a new fire alarm system, so the workers were there working on that, too. So much for the peace and quiet of July when the office is closed, I don't have to answer phones, and I can get a lot done. By Wednesday, I was very frustra
ted with all of the noise, chaos, and warm temperatures!! Of course, last week was record heat, even for our part of Arizona!!

Hoping for a better week, I went to school on Monday, only to find more ceiling tiles out, more workers working, and more noise than the week befo
re!! In addition, the new fire alarm system was "beeping" over and over--not the loud noise, but a very annoying one anyway. I went out of my office and said "that I was going to beat the hell out of someone if that noise didn't stop." An older gentleman (probably younger than me) who was working out there looked at me and quickly went over to the system and found the button to push to turn it off. Of course, I thanked him and went back to my office!!

I was there for a little over an hour before all of the district internet and email was also down!!!!! I had intended to send an email to the teachers letting them know about the problem with the a/c, but couldn't get on the email. I was able to pull up the internet and decided to try to get the message out through Facebook as many of our staff participate in this. Administrators are supposed to have access to these sites in order to monitor issues with students. However, WEBSENSE was in full swing blocking my access to Facebook. At that point, I went home and posted a message on Facebook. The comments are priceless!!

This morning after all of the rain and the high humidity, things were the same--just more people in the office that I didn't know and lots of loud noise and high temperatures!! I tried to work for a few hours before the luncheon that we had at 11:30. That is when I noticed that my printer was gone. I had trouble with it in May and one of the district people came and looked at it and said it was fine (when I say looked, he stood in front of it and looked). I reported it again in June and someone came and took it yesterday. I had an email telling me that a part had to be ordered. No worry--I just could print from the office printer. So I did some work and went to print and there was NO CONNECTION to the office printer (plus I would have had to walk through men on ladders and men with wires coming from the fire alarm). So I politely sent an email to the technology department asking if they could come back and reconnect my computer so I could at least print on the office printer. The response was that a part had been ordered and when it came in, they would bring my printer back. I will not tell you what my polite response to that email was and who I bcc'd!!!

We had a wonderful lunch at Carrabbas sponsored by the Gilbert Education Foundation. where the food was good and the building was comfortable. I went back to the office and lasted about 30 minutes!!! As I was leaving, I ran into the district person who is in charge of a/c. He, of course, is very frustrated with the contractors and the promises that have been given. So now I am officially worried!!!!!! Who knows what tomorrow will bring........

The one certain is the on August 10, approximately 750 children will be at school at 8:13 in the morning. This much I know is true--we will be ready for them no matter what has transpired in the previous weeks!!

5 remarks:

Crazy in Kindergarten said...

I think this all must be Shannon G's fault. She has some bad kavorka going on! :) Maybe it's carried over to school! I would have liked to have been a fly on the wall to watch all the action going on in the office!!... You know this is the way my life goes almost everyday! I think I have some bad kavorka going on too, but I think that's all Art's fault!! Are you proud of me? I think I've figured out how to post stuff on your blog!! You'll probably be sorry....

Anonymous said...

In the famous words of one of our dear friends . . . OH MY HELL! Sorry, love you Sheila. Maybe it was a good thing I got RIF'd (not really sure how to spell it). Hang in there. Lorie, you crack me up!
Love & hugs,
Nancy

Sonya Miller said...

WOW What a day...I will remember this post the next time I am feeling sorry for myself...lol. I hope things get better at school and you are able to transition smoothly into this upcoming year!

Judy said...

I went to work in my classroom at Gilbert Jr. High and it was nice and cool! I don't think Mr. Rainey will mind a few little people adding to the craziness of Jr. High students on August 10th! My wonderful Down Syndrome students would love to be "guides" for a few little ones. Don't worry, it will all be fine. Just let the district know that you have bigger offers at Gilbert Jr. High. Mr. Rainey is calm and supportive. Just let him know that you might be visiting for a few days. I remember when the contractors were working at Gilbert Jr. High the night of meet the teacher! They had a major remodel of the campus. It was interesting to try to walk in the classroom and get around the construction men and women who were still hanging doors. Good Luck.

Tami Proffitt said...

i am DYING laughing now! at all of it but mostly the fire alarm part! i just love reading your blog!

and THANK you for a fabulous class! do know i have been thinking of you and how i feel like you left wondering what in the world did you just buy!

let me know if you need ANYthing!