Dear AIS Community,Here is the letter from Dr. Elswick:Most of you will not be surprised to hear that construction on Auezov Street has not reached the gates of the school as planned. This means car traffic should still be able to reach the school by turning right off of Shalyapina onto Auezov.We will continue to send updates as construction continues.Sincerely,MitchDr. Mitchell ElwickDirector Almaty International School
Road construction update
Dear AIS Community,Here's the letter from Dr. Elswick:
As most of you know, the road has not yet closed as expected. We speak daily with construction officials, and they assure us they'll let us know in advance when construction will start (maybe 24 hours). Apparently, the city is waiting for certain equipment to arrive.
We will continue to do our best to minimize the impact of construction on the school. As we receive more information, we will share it.
Dr. Mitch Elswick
Director Almaty International School
Dear AIS Community,
In the middle of last week, we were informed by a construction company that Auezov Street--the main street allowing access to the school--would be closed due to construction, starting November 1 and would remain closed for months. Obviously, this was of great concern to us, and it took us a couple of days to gather more information and to arrange a meeting with district officials.
Thankfully, the US Consulate--specifically CG Mark Moody, Management Officer Keely Kilburg, Pat Cassidy, and RSO Scott Berman--quickly provided support. As a result, Derek Hirons (Assistant RSO) from the US Consulate attended the meeting between the school and Orken Abuzarovich Kodarov, the head of District Utilities for this district.
Mr. Kodarov assured us that access to the school will be provided throughout the construction project. Additionally, we decided to post a security guard on the road during school hours to make sure access is maintained. Regardless, I'm sure there will be inconvenience.
In summary, construction on Auezov Street will start on November 1. According to Mr. Kodarov, there will be access to the school throughout the construction period, lasting maybe 2 months, from Shalyapina Street. To help minimize the impact of construction, we are posting a security guard on the road to help ensure access.
Again, I'd like to thank the officials from the US Consulate for their swift support. As the situation develops, we will keep the community informed.