The moving began. This time I didn't just move my clothes and books like we usually do when we go to a new mission but I moved furniture and dishes also.
Casa Grande is a lot hotter than Sierra Vista where the higher elevation made the temperatures cooler. However, we do get dust storms. Here is my first Casa Grande dust storm.
I arrived early this year to get started in school for the upcoming school year. The reasons being: 1. ) I had to hire many new teachers and I am still advertising for some yet. 2) The school offices were being gutted to make the front entrance more secure. I was asked for my input and 3) The classrooms were getting a total make over as well. The school is over 50 years old and nothing had been done to the physical structure since it was built.
We are still under construction as you can see from the following pictures:
|The office hallway to the front door.|
|Secretary's desk and lobby-my office to the far right|
|The Principal's Office - I am happy that I have two windows to look out.|
|Everything from the offices was being stored in the cafeteria that is attached to the office area.|
|The Conference Room|
|The front of the building is getting a face lift as well - an arch is being put around the front doors. The new doors will soon be arriving.|
We have not had any monsoon rains during this monsoon season, which we are grateful for. If we did, we would have wet files, curriculum standards, band aids and wet textbooks as well. As you can see further below outside the classrooms all books, desks, educational equipment are outside each room as well.
It was decided to give the 50 year old classrooms a face lift too at this time. Two major construction projects at one time! All workers are working hard. I made a deal with the Business Manager,who is also one of our deacons-if you get the offices done by the date he originally told me I would buy him lunch otherwise he owes lunch for my secretary and I. The workers are working hard so the Deacon wins the bet but I don't think he is going to win.
In between all of the construction, the parish took time to have a welcome party for the newly ordained associate, Father Alan Valencia, for me, the new principal and for Sr.Mary Karen and Sr. Catherine who will be living with me but still hadn't made it to Casa Grande yet. They were enjoying the coolness of Wisconsin and the summer green.
Mariachis were invited to the welcome party.
Some of the parishioners who came to the party along with Fr. Alan and Fr. Ariel, our pastor.
Here is our school sign on the sidewalk in front of school. When was the last time you saw a large school mailbox like this?
Let us all pray to St. Anthony of Padua-the miracle worker-that we get back into the classrooms and office before the first day of school which is August 10th.