As many of you know, the elementary school building was infested with bats. The building sustained extensive damage from the pests. The bat infestation was discovered by the cleaning crew who smelled an atrocious stench. Mrs. Ketola speculated about cat urine, and Erika argued dog excrement, but neither could determine its location, so they called down the “Super Sniffer,” A.K.A. Melissa Bartelt. After sniffing around, she identified the odor bodily as functions from something and then pinpointed the location. They found guano on the shelves in the back room and noticed it running down the wall around the chimney too. After the discovery of bat excrement, Mrs. Jarrett called in “Batman,” who exclaimed “You have bats.” Next, the bat crew proceeded to dispose of the bats by capturing them in traps. Finally, Batman and his team closed the holes where the bats were entering the building.
I asked Heather Jarrett, superintendent, a couple of questions about the bat infestation and clean up. Mrs. Jarrett said, “I do not know how many bats have been caught, but I will ask when he is finished. He is done trapping when there are no straggler bats. He leaves the traps up until there are four days with no bats in the traps.” She also said, “The elementary definitely won’t be ready by the date of the original timeline. The board is deciding the best resolution to the situation and are considering the cost of restoration. The amount of money necessary to fix the building is more than the school board is comfortable spending. They are trying to make a good decision for the taxpayers.” She stated, “Right now the board is deciding on whether to go with a modular or not for our elementary staff and students. The future site of the modular has not been decided yet.” When I asked her what it felt like walking into a new position, superintendent, and dealing with a problem this big she said, “There was a problem that needed to be solved, and I jumped in to help solve it!” Pattern Development, the wind farm company, donated 100,000 dollars to aid in the elementary clean up, Mrs. Jarrett said, “All the money is to be used to solve the problem. The school board will decide whether or not to use the money on a modular or a build project. They are making a decision for a safe and healthy learning environment.”
The future of the elementary is in the hands of the school board, so we will see what the future holds.