Photo by Theo Tate
Granite City High School’s cafeteria has completed its renovation.
The Granite City High School cafeteria will have a new look for the 2015-2016 school year.
New GCSD Buildings and Grounds Director Daryl Munger and his crew finished the cafeteria renovation over the weekend.
“Daryl and his men have done a super job,” GCSD Superintendent Jim Greenwald said. “I was precipitated by Brad Eavenson, who was just retired. Brad laid the groundwork for it. Daryl has done a super job of picking up where Brad left off.”
The first day of attendance for the Granite City School District was Wednesday. A year ago, the first day for all of the schools in the district was Aug. 13.
Greenwald said the cafeteria renovation was one of the reasons the first day of school was pushed back a week.
“We opted to build in a week so we can put the finishing touches on the construction,” Greenwald said.
The Granite City School Board had its meeting Aug. 11, its last one before the first day of attendance Wednesday. Munger told the board the cafeteria was going to be finished by Aug. 14, which it was. The board is scheduled to have its next meeting Aug. 25.
Greenwald said he’s already looking forward for the 2015-2016 school year.
“The enthusiasm that you’re hearing right now is very genuine,” Greenwald said. “Naturally, all of us 12-month administrators worked all summer and we basically worked to prepare for Wednesday, August 19. We had a good summer, we had a good group of kids go to summer school, we had a very successful high school graduation for about 17 kids, so everything we’ve been doing lately has been gearing toward the opening of school. We had three days of registration. That is streamlined quite a bit because we do an awful lot of our registration online, but we’ve got all of our principals back and secretaries last Monday (Aug. 3). So I have a very positive feeling about this for this upcoming school year. We’ve got our groups in three-year contracts. There should not be any concern about people doing anything but rolling up their sleeves and coming to work every day.”
The school district had its third year of online registration July 23 and Aug. 5-6. More than 700 registered on the first day.
“Every year, it gets bigger and better,” Greenwald said. “I remember being down here before I was superintendent in a meeting saying, ‘Do we do it or do we not?’ I think that every year, it really helps. That way, you don’t have those three days of back-to-back-to-back before school starts where everybody is just worn out. We’re working effectively and efficiently and I think it’s really giving us a great positive outlook toward everything.”
Greenwald said the district’s goal for the school year is to make sure students get the best education as possible.
“I want to move forward in educating the children to the best of our ability,” the superintendent said. “I want to give everybody a well-rounded experience, the extracurriculars, the band and sports, the drama, the fine arts and the academics. We want to offer our students here in Granite City the total package to be well-rounded young men and women.”