Shade Structure Update
Jan Schiff Elementary PTO
7400 Discovery Lane, Missouri City, TX 77459 • (281) 634-9450 • www.schiffpto.org
Dear Schiff Community,
As many of you may know, the PTO has been fundraising over the last few years to build a shade structure for the basketball court. The Fort Bend approved vendor who built the current Playground Shade Structure we have, was the same vendor we were going to use to build the Basketball Shade Structure as well. After COVID, costs went up and we raised the money we needed, along with the help from Sienna Associations, to help cover the new cost. However, it is with great disappointment that we were informed that our Shade Structure Project was not approved by the FBISD. Our PTO has been working tirelessly on this project the last few years, only to find out that the request we submitted didn't meet the district criteria. They now require aluminum structures instead of a canvas style one like we currently have.
The district had given us an alternative option, "to move the shade structure from Briargate to our campus if the PTO has funds to cover all costs. The shade structure at Briargate is within the district standards and matches what the district has installed at most of the newly constructed elementary schools. The construction budget for the move will cost roughly $250,000 more than your campus PTO has allocated for shade structure in your building modification. The construction budget for the move would be roughly $350,000 and does not include engineering fees, architectural fees, and other associated costs."
Unfortunately, this is not something we can afford to do and are very disappointed to hear that this was the alternate option.
I want to give a huge shout out to the PTO members and parents from our school that went above and beyond to try and make this whole project happen for our students and teachers! They did everything they could to try to make sure we got this project underway, but unfortunately the district didn't agree. With the Texas heat getting worse every year, our school needs the shade structure for our students and teachers, so we are not giving up! We are looking into other ways we can try to make this happen. If you have any connections or have any suggestions, we are open to those conversations.
I would like to thank all of you who donated to get this shade structure and we will be looking forward to seeing what else we can purchase for the school in place of it. I will send out a Google form for ideas in the upcoming weeks. Even though it is not the outcome we hoped for, I hope we can come together as a community and purchase something else that will benefit the school.
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