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Morton Times-News - Morton, IL
  • Morton school, park districts showcase cooperation

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  • Four new classrooms were built this summer at Grundy Elementary School.
     
    But the price of progress included an old friend. A backstop in a grassy area on the east side of the school near Idlewood Park had to come down.
     
    “It was original to the school (which opened in 1961) or close to it, and it had been repainted many times,” said Grundy Principal Michael Saunders.
     
    A new backstop wasn’t part of the construction project, but the Morton Park District stepped up to the plate. It spent more than $5,000 for the installation of two new backstops.
     
    Superintendent Lindsey Hall thanked the park district for its generosity Nov. 27 at a District 709 School Board meeting.
     
    Saunders said he’s grateful the new backstops are there because his students can continue to use the area during recess and physical education classes.
     
    “It’s an example of the great partnership between the School District and park district,” he said.
     
    The park district uses the area for its summer youth T-ball and soccer program. Grundy students use Idlewood Park for educational activities.
     
    Gary Watson, the park district’s director of parks and recreation, said it wasn’t a difficult decision to spend money on the backstops.
     
    “We have to cooperate with each other in a community our size, and make the best use of our resources,” he said.
     
    Also, School Board President Tom Neeley said the 709Connect coordinating committee’s community recommendations report Dec. 11 to the board will be videotaped so it can be shown on the district’s access channel.
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