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|FIRST ON WGIL: District 205 Committee Continues Master Plan Development
|The newest committee of the Galesburg School District is continuing to essentially whittle down a list of hopes and dreams to more of a list of wants and needs.
The District's 20-year Master Facilities Planning Committee held their second of eight meetings Thursday. They essentially continued a set of brainstorming-based exercises started at their first meeting, where they identify potential needs or areas of improvement for the district's buildings, which eventually will be taken and developed into a 20-year master plan of upgrades.
District-205 Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, Guy Cahill, tells WGIL part of the discussions Thursday centered around what ideally could be done to make the learning environment comfortable.
"We know there's a correlation between comfort in a classroom and students doing well from an academic achievement standpoint," Cahill said. "But it also allows for the greater use and efficiency of your buildings, and greater flexibility. So, if, for example, we wanted to offer some choice, like a year-round school concept, that would be possible."
That's not to suggest that there would be a year-round school in District 205 -- since there are no plans for such a school.
But Cahill says his point is the more comfortable a learning environment is for students and teachers alike, the better of a possibility of more students coming to the district -- which, as he's said before, can lead to higher property values.
The Master Facilities Planning Committee will meet again in Mid-November to further refine their plans. For more on the work the committee has already done, CLICK HERE.
(A group of members of the District-205 Master Facilities Planning Committee take part in a brainstorming exercise Thursday.)
(Guy Cahill, District 205 Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations, leads a discussion during Thursday's meeting, held in the Galesburg High School Library. WGIL News Story and Photos by Will Stevenson.)
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