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A look forward at 2018

GRUNDY COUNTY – As leaders look toward a new year, they are finishing up some 2017 projects and evaluating how well they worked as they look forward to their 2018 projects.

Superintendent of Coal City School District Unit 1 Kent Bugg said they have a lot to be excited about going into 2018.

“Current state scores and data showed a drastic improvement in English,” Bugg said. “We ... looked at how to continue to improve.”

Bugg said they are now making similar big changes to their math area and hope to see the same results.

“We’ve changed math at middle school and doubled the time,” Bugg said.

They are also starting July 1 to bring all of their special education classes in-house as they break away from the co-op they announced previously when they sent the letter to the special education co-op.

He said they also continue to be excited about their work with Help-for-Hope. Bugg said it gives them control over their students.

Morris Community High School

Superintendent Pat Halloran said he thinks 2018 will be a great year for Morris High School as they bring in their knew superintendent and start the search for a new principal.

Kelly Hussey will be resigning June 30, 2019.

He expects the board to start their search for a replacement in the fall.

“It’s also the first year for the S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) for the freshmen as they work with them together,” Halloran said.

Longtime teacher and football coach John Wodziak will be leaving. Wodziak taught business on top of his coaching duties so there will be some changes there, Halloran said.

He said they are hoping to finish some things they have started and plans to continue to make sure the budget is ready for transition to new Superintendent Joseph Waldron, who will start July 1.

“I want to make sure everything is in order for a smooth transition while also introducing him to the leaders of our community,” Halloran said.

City of Morris

Morris Mayor Richard Kopczick said he looks forward to continuing ongoing projects, such as the upgrades to water and sewer and the Morris Airport.

He said the airport project includes new lights and work on the parking lot as they look forward to other upgrades coming in the following years.

Councilman Syd Nelson,
who flies from the airport, said
he would like to see the completion of an east-and-west runway in the interest of safety.

Years ago there was a grass runway that has been out of commission for years and the airplanes need to land east and west dependent on winds.

Kopczick said they will continue the upgrades to the water and sewer systems and the opening of the Costco full packing plant. He also hopes 2018 is the year that the Brisbin interchange sees growth, especially on the Morris side.

Matt Fritz, administrator at Coal City, did not return calls to give insight into 2018.

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