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With school hallways and classrooms quiet and empty these days, central Illinois districts that are embarking on significant construction projects say that has been one of the few blessings of students being at home during the coronavirus outbreak.


On the WHOW Morning Show Wednesday, Superintendent of Monticello Schools Dr. Vic Zimmerman tells Regional Radio News the district is ahead of schedule for their high school addition and says projects targeted for the summer months are happening now.



Monticello High School is looking forward to having a new gymnasium next school year and Dr. Zimmerman says they are looking forward to getting the floor installed soon. Right now hoops and speakers and scoreboards are up.



Provided schools are able to resume without a hitch in the fall because of the coronavirus, the district is planning a later than usual start to the school year with a condensed calendar. With crews ahead of schedule, many have wondered if the calendar might be able to be adjusted but Dr. Zimmerman says that would be a little tricky.



As it relates to school starting early, many have also wondered about getting the final quarter of curriculum that is lost this year made up going forward, Dr. Zimmerman believes it might end up taking a couple of years to get all students caught up rather than beginning the school year a few weeks early to begin that process. 

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