SGCS: Construction gives 'Busco new look

CHURUBUSCO — Construction work is moving forward at Smith-Green Community Schools (SGCS). Fetters Construction Inc. has torn down a canopy that once covered the sidewalk in front of the building. The canopy has been a part of the school’s facade for decades. Now, only a small portion remains near the main entrance. Construction crews worked weekend hours in order to minimize the disruption for students and faculty. This kind of consideration is what has impressed Susan Egolf, an office assistant at Churubusco Elementary School. Egolf said she remembers the canopy being in front of the building during her 23 years working at CES and even as a student. She is excited about the new construction though, and said the construction company has been “wonderful to work with.”Todd Fleetwood, SGCS business manager, expects construction on the entryway outside of Churubusco Junior-Senior High School (CJSHS) to come to a stop until school board members approve a redesign of the structure.However, construction CES’s entryway will likely be started next week. In the lunchroom, renovations are underway. Three previously unused classrooms have temporary containment areas built around their doors to keep students away from the construction zone situated behind the classrooms.Walls separating each classroom were torn down to make for one larger space. The outer wall is being pushed out to make way for a second lunchroom. The space willsserve as the elementary school’s cafeteria as well as a multipurpose meeting room when needed.Both cafeterias will share a kitchen for preparing food, but each will have its own warming kitchen and serving lines. This new setup will solve a problem the school has been facing for some time. The earliest lunch period starts at 10:45 a.m. and the latest lunch period ends at 1:45 p.m. With the addition of the second cafeteria, lunch periods will not need to start as early allowing students to eat at a normal lunch time. The additional space will keep the amount of hours devoted to lunch periods condensed.Joel McConnell, a custodian, has been employed with SGCS for more than 30 years. He said, “The construction is needed. The updating of the equipment will make the school more energy efficient and pay off in the long run.” More information on the building project can be found at