Helping to Build Byers
Brad White is the School Director at DSST: Byers and is a guest contributor to the blog.
Preparing for the opening of a new school brings forth a variety of feelings- excitement, anxiety, and wonder, to name a few.
With all that a great school needs to run well, it takes a truly dedicated team of people to ensure that each detail is planned, in place, and reviewed so that the school can best serve our students.
Over the past six months, our team painstakingly planned every detail imaginable from hallway paint colors and fiber optic cable placements, to classroom assignments and student entrance safety guidelines. In the weeks leading up to the opening of DSST: Byers, we had a very limited timeframe due to another charter school still occupying our first-year space at Calvary Temple. In all, we had just ten business days to renovate and transform our school.
As soon as the keys were in our hands, we began priming walls with teams of DSST volunteers. Teachers, hiring coordinators and office managers came over their summer break, ready to get to work! Then, the staff members were followed by a flood of support from our school community. DSST: Byers parents, students, and friends showed up in their paint clothes to paint, trim, and even scrub each and every surface so the physical space would reflect our school’s mission and priorities. We were truly humbled to see over 100 volunteers come to join in this effort.
Most of the volunteers who “Had a Hand in Building Byers” left their mark on our school and we’re forever grateful for all the support. Here’s to a great founding year in our beautiful new space! Go Falcons!