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|District 205 Starts Work on 20-Year Facilities Plan
|The work has officially begun to develop a plan for maintenance and improvements that likely will be needed on buildings in the Galesburg School District over the next 20 years.
The District-205 School Board held its first meeting of a committee formed to develop a 20-year master building plan Thursday night. It was the first of eight meetings scheduled, where committee members essentially got to know each other and identify things typically needed in order to make a good, functional learning environment.
Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Guy Cahill is behind the committee, and tells WGIL the goals might not only include essentially keeping classrooms up with the times, it might even help property values throughout the district.
"The research suggests that, as a community invests in its infrastructure -- and, in particular, in its schools -- they see a payoff in terms of the value of their homes increasing," Cahill said. "More people want to come to this community. They want to benefit from that investment, because, again, they see the community values, in this case, the schools."
Cahill says in addition to crafting a plan of attack for the district's various building needs, the goal will be to see if that research on property values is indeed true.
Seven more meetings of the committee will be held over the next several months, with a final report to be given to the Galesburg School Board by November of next year.
The Galesburg School Board, by the way, holds its regular monthly meeting Tuesday at 7pm; however, no major items are on the agenda.
(Groups participating in last Thursday's Galesburg School Board Master Facilities Planning Committee were separated into groups to discuss items they feel contribute to the positive environment of a school.)
(Galesburg School District Superintendent Dr. Gene Denisar, top left, participates in one of the group discussions last Thursday night. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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