“That has allowed us to use that as a multi-purpose space,” McGreer said.
The Casey expansion is a long time in the making. District officials began planning for a way to bring sixth graders to the campus back in 1998, Green said.
Construction itself started in October 2012, and at this point the project is about 98 percent complete, Green said.
All that’s left to finish are various cosmetic improvements such as landscaping, concrete work and possibly some repainting of certain areas.
The project did have its share of delays along the way. Casey’s fall classes this year started about two weeks late to allow more time for the renovation.
Also, the open house had to be rescheduled from its original date of Oct. 15.
Even with these challenges, though, the project was well worth the time and effort put into it, said Mt. Vernon Mayor Mary Jane Chesley, who spoke at Thursday’s ceremony.
“I do appreciate all the planning, all the work, all the perseverance that led up to tonight’s ceremony and to the future generations that will be using this facility,” Chesley said.