Geary County Schools’ superintendent, COO discuss school during the pandemic, new high school at Military Affairs Council Breakfast

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. – Geary County Schools USD 475 Superintendent Dr. Reginald Eggleston and Chief Operation Officer (COO) David Wild presented at the Junction City Area Chamber of Commerce’s Military Affairs Council Breakfast on Thursday.

Dr. Eggleston presents at the Military Affairs Council Breakfast.

The audience included local business, civic, retired military, and military leaders. Superintendent Dr. Eggleston informed them of the efforts the school district has made since the beginning of the school year, and the changes in which the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.

Dr. Eggleston asks a question while presenting at the Military Affairs Council Breakfast.

“COVID-19 has been a very fluid environment where it has required us to have conversations about things we would have never discussed,” Eggleston said.

However, something that did not change was keeping the students inside their physical classrooms, Dr. Eggleston said.

“At the very beginning of the [school] year, we established two goals. Those goals were, one, that we wanted to keep our doors open, and I’m glad to be able to stand here and say that we have been able to accomplish those goals,” Dr. Eggleston said. “We have been able to keep our doors open the entire year, since August the 31st, which is something we should all be very proud of, because that supports everyone in the community.”

COO Wild also presented an update on the new, 437,000-square-foot high school being built. He discussed the background of the $128 million project and the development of the plan for the layout of the school.

David Wild presents at the Military Affairs Council Breakfast.

“When we went through the design process, the Board of Education asked for all stakeholder input to be considered. This was taken seriously, and it was performed and done, and that includes teachers, administrators, city personnel. We had an event where we opened up the city to come in ad view the conceptual design and provide comment,” COO Wild said. “Everybody that we could think of that was a stakeholder. It was a very lengthy, arduous process.”

The high school is expected to be complete in August.

“It will blow your mind about what’s there and what is expected to be able to provide to students. The variety of programs and the facilities that are there to accommodate those programs is unbelievable,” said Dennis Bruzina, one of the attendees of the breakfast who toured the school on Tuesday. “I can tell you this, it will stand out in this state as the best facility there is.”

Dr. Eggleston and COO Wild received an emblem of the Kansas state sunflower from the chamber for their presentation.

COO David Wild and Dr. Reginald Eggleston with the emblems.

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