Building For Our Future: Progress At Morris Elementary
If you’ve driven past Morris Elementary, you will notice a lot of changes and progress on the academic wing addition as well as the gymnasium.

Contractors are now in the process of working on interior finishes in the classroom addition. One feature of the classroom wing is a “hardened space,” which is several classrooms that also serve as a storm shelter in the event of high wind or tornado warnings. These classrooms have a 6” steel reinforced concrete slab that is anchored to the structure below. Additionally, this area has fully grouted anchored window frames and steel shuttered doors to protect occupants.

The gym is also moving along as well as the connection to the current building. The gym has roof trusses that are close to five feet tall, 85 feet long and weigh nearly 7000 pounds each. An additional parking lot on the south end will mean 80 additional parking spaces. This south parking lot has a total of 880 cubic yards of concrete.

Construction is on track to be completed later this spring with student and staff occupancy in August of 2019.

Proposed 2019-20 School Calendar
The district is seeking community input regarding the proposed 2019-20 school calendar.

The calendar is essentially in line with the current year’s calendar, with a few exceptions.


Please direct comments and questions to:
Chad Carlson , Director of Administrative Services

Responses must be received by Monday, November 19. There will be a public hearing during the regular board meeting on Monday, November 26 at 5:00 p.m.
School Bus Safety Reminder
As a district, we’d like to take a moment to inform you of school bus safety, the traffic laws enforced upon motorists, and the consequences of violating these laws. Please take time to review the links below, and help us educate others so that all students arrive home safely each day.
With questions about school bus safety and the related traffic laws, please contact:

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CELEBRATING PRINCIPALS: October Was National Principals Month
October has been declared National Principals Month by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, and the American Federation of School Administrators.

Principals lead the learning in our schools and have a positive impact by setting high standards for instruction, achievement, character, and developing a positive school culture. National Principals Month gives all of us the opportunity to reflect on the impact BFCSD principals have on our students.

Pictured Above (L to R): Mr. Kramer, Mr. Vanderlinden, Mr. Garnass, Mr. Ostrem, Mr. Anderson, Mr. Hewitt, Mr. Cline, & Mr. Sweeney.
Community Gathers For Grand Opening Of BFHS Auditorium
Last month, the Bondurant-Farrar Board of Education welcomed community members to a grand opening ceremony for the Bondurant-Farrar High School (BFHS) auditorium. The night featured performances by BFHS band and choir students, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and recognition of those who contributed to the project. Following the grand opening, patrons gathered in the new academic wing for refreshments and socializing. Later, the BFHS choir welcomed their guests, the North Polk High School choir, for a joint concert. At the conclusion of the concert, community members had the opportunity to tour the new space.
 
As a district, we cannot thank you, our community members, enough for supporting this project and helping us to provide exceptional opportunities for all students. We’re looking forward to watching our students continue to grow and excel!

Winter Weather Reminder: School Related Cancellations & Delays
With the colder temperatures we’ve experienced this month, we would like to take a moment to remind families of the precautions district staff take when making weather-related decisions and how information will be communicated to families.

We consult a variety of sources and work with area superintendents to make the most informed decision possible. Despite our best efforts, we know that things change in a matter of minutes. Families must ultimately determine, individually, if you are comfortable sending your student to school in inclement weather.

In the event of a school related cancellation or delay,  Infinite Campus will be the primary communication tool  used by the district. Families will receive communication in the form of a phone call, email, and, after opting in, a text message.

It is the policy of the Bondurant-Farrar Community School District not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact the district’s Equity Coordinator; Chad Carlson, Director of Administrative Services, 300 Garfield St SW, Bondurant, IA 50035, 515-967-7819, carlsonc@bfschools.org. - OR- Director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, Citigroup Center, 500 W. Madison Street, Suite 1475, Chicago, IL 60661-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560, Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, Email:  OCR.Chicago@ed.gov

Questions, comments or concerns?
Please email Jessica Hartgers of the
Bondurant-Farrar District Office.