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Minooka High collaborates with feeder schools on 2014 calendar

Published: Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012 5:00 a.m. CDT

MINOOKA — Minooka Dist. 111 Superintendent Jim Colyott has been meeting with administrators from the three feeder school districts on the school calendar for fiscal year 2014.

The four districts have been working to set their calendars with as many similar school days and off days as possible, Colyott said. Many families have students in both the high school and one of the grade school districts.

“We are taking it back to (all) the boards to see how closely we can get this aligned,” Colyott said.

The districts began the process early this year to get a jump on things and hope to have a calendar ready for board approval in February 2013 so it can be released to families.

Installation of the traffic signal on U.S. 6, in front of Minooka High School’s south campus in Channahon, is well past the original timeline, but the district anticipates things should start happening any day now.

The final paperwork has been sent to the district’s consultant, and the hope is that the Illinois Department of Transportation issues the permit next week.

“We are really excited about a shovel going into the ground sooner or later,” said Colyott.

Also during Tuesday’s meeting, Super-intendent Colyott publicly acknowledged and thanked Seneca High School District for its generosity in lending MCHS a set of portable bleachers during the football season.

MCHS wanted to move the band to the end zone to better showcase its skills and the sound for everyone to hear during games.

When they decided to do it on a trial basis, Seneca stepped up and offered to lend Minooka several portable bleacher sections to try it out, at no cost to the district.

“The parents loved being able to hear the band,” said board president Chris Kobe.

Minooka has returned the bleachers to Seneca and will pursue the purchase of its own now that it knows how well it worked and was received.

“The friendliness of (Seneca) offering a shared service is awesome,” said Colyott. “It was such a generous donation.”

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