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Back to School: AuSable Valley set to open its new doors

The new woodchip boiler facility at the AuSable Valley Middle/High School.

The new woodchip boiler facility at the AuSable Valley Middle/High School.

— The dust has finally settled on the AuSable Valley Central School District’s capital project.

“It was a labor of love and it will be great to finally say that the building project will be complete,” AVCS Superintendent Paul Savage said. “They are finishing up the project as we speak and when we open the doors to students, it will be the first time in five school years that there has not been some type of capital project construction going on.”

Students in the district will return to classes Thursday, Sept. 6, and Savage is hopeful that there will not be a repeat of last year’s weather concerns.

“We are hoping that this will be a lot smoother start than last year when we were dealing with the after-effects of Tropical Storm Irene,” Savage said. “We had concerns if we could open right up to the last day, which is quite an accomplishment by a lot of people in this community.”

On opening day, there will be a welcome back picnic at the middle/high school, with members of the administration working the grills.

Savage said that the staff and faculty have been working for a number of months to prepare for the new APPR teacher evaluations, Common Core education standards and the Dignity for All Students Act, which deals with the issue of bullying.

“I expect us to have a great year,” Savage said. “We have an outstanding group of students throughout our district, and we have high expectations for them. I am confident that we have the staff, faculty and administration that will keep AVCS moving forward.”

For more information on opening day and back to school activities at AuSable Valley Central School, contact the district office at 834-2485.

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