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January 23, 2014

D-80 wants new gym at Casey

MT. VERNON — Building a new gym at Casey Middle School was one of several long-term goals discussed at the recent District 80 Board of Education retreat held Jan. 17 and 18.

Completing such a project would give the school two gyms to help accommodate physical education classes, athletics and community meetings.

Even so, Superintendent Mike Green stressed that the gym project would be “years down the road.” The district, he said, does not currently have the funding for such an effort.

“It’s just a board goal in the future to have a new gym,” Green said.

The annual two-day board retreat gave district officials the chance to set goals for the 2014-2015 school year and beyond. They also reviewed other key topics such as District 80’s School Report Card data and

the school calendar.

Green said this year’s session proved quite productive for board members and administrative staff.

“The retreat’s a great time for the Board of Education to review all the facets of the district,” Green said. “It was just a good sharing of information.”

The main focus of the retreat is to develop goals and objectives for the district.

Each year’s goals usually center around five topics — students, staff, facilities, parents and the community, and finances.

Green said the 2014-2015 goals are still being developed and will likely be approved in March or April.

However, building a new gym at Casey was one of the goals to come out of the retreat. This goal, though, would be more long-term and would not be started next year.

Prior to the current school year, Casey students had access to two gyms, one at the Casey facility and the other at the Dr. Andy Hall Early Childhood Center.

At that time, sixth graders were at Andy Hall for most of their classes while seventh and eighth graders were at Casey.

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