Dear Dolly Ridge Family,
It is with great excitement that I write to you as the principal of Dolly Ridge Elementary School. It is truly an honor to be a part of this great opportunity for our community.
I enjoyed meeting many of you at the open house in September. That day had a “first day of school” excitement about it and the feedback we received from everyone was very positive. It was so much fun to be a part of the kids seeing their new school for the first time! If you weren’t able to attend the open house, be watching for a virtual open house that we will send out sometime soon.
I am sure that you chose to live in this community because you were aware of the excellence of Vestavia Hills schools. It was the same for me and my family. We knew Vestavia Hills was the community where we wanted to raise our boys. The experience you can expect at Dolly Ridge will be the same as what you would expect from the other elementary schools in our district. While the staff has not been named at this time, there is a process in place to ensure that Dolly Ridge will be made up of a group of excellent teachers from East, West, and Central. In addition to staffing, the district is working to make sure that Dolly Ridge has comparable resources and materials to any other school in Vestavia Hills. The construction of a new fourteen classroom addition is underway and making good progress.
Please know that there is a great deal of planning happening each day to make sure we are ready to welcome the boys and girls next school year. I have been in meetings each week as preparations are made for the opening of the new school. Many of you have asked what you can do to help out. There will be many opportunities for input and service as we get closer to the start of school. If you would like to help in some way, please take a moment and click on the link to the Dolly Ridge Volunteer Form and record your preferences and contact information. We will definitely be in touch with you as needs arise.
We are receiving outstanding support from the district leadership. We have been working on plans for safety, carpool, parking, furniture, technology, and the move to the new school. All of that planning is going very well. There is no doubt in my mind that Dolly Ridge will have all the ingredients of a great school: great teachers, great parents, and great students. I’m very excited to see that potential fulfilled!
I am looking forward to meeting your families and serving you!
Dr. Ty Arendall
Vestavia Hills Elementary Dolly Ridge