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As summer is rapidly approaching I wanted to take a moment and update you on our reconstruction process and what at this stage we believe will be happening this summer. For some of you this letter may be redundant, for that I apologize, we are making an effort to reach out to a very large group of people in a very short amount of time. This is the first, and most technical in a series of letters that you will receive informing you on our current situation.
You are probably already aware that the fire in late December resulted in well over 100,000 gallons of water being dumped into our building. Around April 8th we had some final tests conducted on the concrete that showed unacceptable levels of moisture, preventing us from installing our final flooring and cabinets. We notified the insurance company on April 15th and have been aggressively working towards obtaining the permission we need to commence with the appropriate remediation.
I am writing today to inform you that in order to facilitate the proper drying of the floor, I believe that we will be temporarily changing our location on May 31st and hopefully returning at the beginning of July. Infants through 2’s will be serviced at ChandlerHigh School’s licensed preschool facility which is, like us, a Quality First /First Things First site (approximately at Chandler Blvd. and Arizona Ave.). Those aged 3 and above, including everyone in our summer camp program, will be at SanbornElementary School (approximately at Ray and McQueen). Thankfully these locations are approximately 2 miles apart from each other. We have been working closely with CUSD and in every case the classrooms will be outfitted with amazing equipment that should exceed all of our expectations and make for an outstanding few weeks. There is a slight chance that this may not come to pass and we can stay in our building, from our perspective it is better to inform you now and not have to move, than vice versa.
As we start to finalize everything we will announce open house times for parents and children to view our temporary homes as well as other pertinent details. In the meantime, please know that our most important resource, our staff, have been diligently preparing for the move and will be more than ready to greet you at our new spots. We are confident that both you and your children will continue to receive the same level of outstanding care that you have come to expect from us. If you have any questions or just care to discuss what is happening please don’t hesitate to contact myself or any member of our management team. Like you, I look forward to moving back into our home, the JCC and I apologize for any inconvenience this may be causing you.
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