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GOREVILLE SCHOOLS APPROVES NEW ADDITION

 

GOREVILLE SCHOOLS APPROVES NEW ADDITION

 

The Goreville C.U.S.D. #1 Board of Education, in their December meeting, approved a new building project to add a multi-purpose facility to the Early Learning Center and Goreville Elementary School that will serve as an area for assemblies, recess, physical education, and elementary athletics.  “The facility will be designed to accommodate the growth in not only the student numbers, but also provide a gymnasium that actually meets code and playing regulations for middle school size students.” said architect Michael Baysinger. The project will utilize Pre-K funding and refinancing of long term debt to complete and will also serve to greatly increase safety for the students. “The grade school gym, which was built and used as a high school gym in the early 1940’s, also has a stage that is now used as a classroom.” stated Goreville Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb “We hope to provide a modern facility for our pre-k and elementary aged students while, hopefully in the near future, returning the former facility into an auditorium complete with re-opening the stage for our arts program.”  With over 70 new students this year, Goreville Schools is experiencing some growing pains as well.  “Our student population has doubled since the high school gym was built and tripled since the elementary gym was constructed,” said Goreville Superintendent Dr. Steve Webb who is a 1987 graduate of Goreville High School, “There are always going to be areas that we need to address when dealing with aging facilities and hopefully the State will step up to the plate and eventually do their part but in the meantime, we have to keep looking at creative ways to enhance our program.”  When the current project is complete, the new facility will have almost twice the seating capacity as the current facility and ADA accessible areas for wheelchairs and other special needs.  In addition, the new facility will be needed for Pre-K as the school is searching for ways to provide full-day pre-kindergarten services for all children.  The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2017.