Classrooms may be quiet during the summer months, but business is humming at the administrative offices of Delta County Joint School District #50. The district office is poised to move into its new downtown Delta location, staff vacancies are being filled and summer maintenance projects are proceeding at full throttle.
Two principal positions in Hotchkiss have been filled. Marty Rover, former assistant principal at Delta Middle School, is taking the leadership role at Hotchkiss High School. Bryan Hollembeak is moving back to Delta County to serve as principal of Hotchkiss K-8.
Barring last-minute resignations, personnel director Jim Farmer said all teaching positions have been filled for the 2018-19 school year.
Remodel of the Bank of Colorado building at 145 W. 4th Street is nearly complete. School administrators anticipate closing the district office in Read July 4, 5 and 6 to move telephone and internet connections. Staff will make the move Monday, July 9. A school board retreat on July 16 and the monthly school board meeting on July 19 are both scheduled at the new location.
The major construction project at Delta Middle School is in the demolition phase, highlighted by asbestos abatement in the sixth grade wing, removal of a number of large cottonwood trees from the construction site, and digging up the damaged asphalt pull-through in front of the Delta Family Center. The second story of the Delta Family Center is being renovated to accommodate sixth grade classes during the 2018-19 school year.
Two of the four marijuana questions on the November ballot were narrowly approved by voters in the City of Delta. Measure 2F allows the establishment of medical marijuana centers. Measure 2H permits the establishment of medical marijuana cultivation, testing, research and manufacturing facilities.