Mt. Vernon Register-News


September 4, 2013

District 80 holds first day of classes


The new Casey addition also includes a semi-circle driveway leading up to the entrance, and an elevator. These features make the building very accessible to the handicapped, McGreer said.

“In the past, handicapped accessibility was a problem because it was an older facility,” McGreer said. “And now it will make it very accessible for anyone with disabilities, which was important for us.”

The renovated campus also includes a new administrative office where visitors are buzzed in. Furthermore, the Casey school has a new cafeteria that seats over 300 students and includes a hand-washing station.

Throughout the day Tuesday, students were taken on tours of the renovated campus. Assistant Superintendent Aletta Lawrence said the first day went very smoothly.

“Particularly, the families in the community have sort of accepted that some things haven’t quite been done yet, but they’re taking it in stride,” Lawrence said. “Overall, it’s going very well.”

McGreer said district staff have worked long hours to get the Casey campus ready for students.

“They have worked so hard to make this as nice as it can be for the students,” McGreer said. “We are very excited to have the students back.”

Parents picking up their children from Casey by vehicle should do so at the 18th Street and Casey Avenue entrances, or at the parking lot across from the overpass. They should not use the entrance off 19th Street, which is for buses.

Two open house events are scheduled at Casey in the near future. On Sept. 12, a “Meet Your Teacher” open house will be held at 6 p.m. for parents and students. A chili supper will take place just prior to this event at 5:30 p.m. and it is open to the general public.

Then, on Oct. 15, there will be a community open house at the Casey school where members of the public can take tours of the site. This event will take place at 5 p.m.

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