Construction begins at Mendota on September 25!
Construction at Mendota begins September 25!
Posted on 09/04/2015

Part of the district’s security plan includes constructing secure entrances at all schools. A secure entrance is one in which all visitors enter the building through the main office to complete a check-in process and then are given access to the school through a door that remains locked at all times. At Mendota, this will require moving the main office to the front of the building between the media center and the cafeteria.

Construction of the new Mendota office/entrance was supposed to happen over the summer. However, the original bids from contractors came in well over budget last spring, so construction was delayed until this fall. Construction is now scheduled to begin at Mendota on September 25 (with some preliminary work happening earlier) and it is expected to be completed in January. Please know that during construction we will do everything we can to promote safety and minimize disruptions to the learning environment. Though none are planned at this time, as construction progresses, there may be changes to parking, pick up and drop off, etc. We will notify parents and guardians, as needed, when changes occur.

Read on for more information regarding specific aspects of the construction plan.

The bulk of our parking lot will not be impacted by construction. Contractors will use some of our lot for parking and staging at the far end, however (see diagram in handout, below). All other stalls may be used by visitors and parents/guardians unless it is marked as ‘No Parking’.

There are no planned changes to our busing or pick-up/drop-off procedures at this time. We will notify families if there are any construction changes that impact buses or pick-up and drop-off procedures.

Since our main entrance will be under construction, a temporary entrance will be set up on the north side of the building (see diagram in handout, below).  All visitors will be required to check in at this entrance to receive a visitor badge before entering the building. All construction workers will need to check in at the temporary entrance to receive an ID badge, if they leave the construction area and need to enter the school building.

Construction will take place behind a temporary wall, away from students. This wall will block dust and debris from entering the school building. While some noise and inconvenience cannot be avoided, administrators are working with contractors to identify times (such as non-school days) for larger components of the construction project, in an effort to minimize any noise and disruption to the learning environment.  As noted above, we will do everything we can to promote safety and lessen the impact to students and staff.

Thank you for your flexibility and patience!
Please contact Principal Goldade if you have any questions regarding construction.