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New school year looming next week

It is a phrase heard often at this time of year “I can’t believe school is starting next week.”
Typically, that phrase is uttered in amazement that another summer has flown past and we are now facing a new school year. This year, that statement is meant a little more realistically — we’re having a hard time believing that Glencoe-Silver Lake Schools (GSL) will be ready for its targeted opening date of Wednesday, Sept. 6.
That’s only a week away, with a holiday weekend in the middle of it, and there is still much to be done with GSL’s new additions.
Superintendent Chris Sonju is optimistic that it will all (well, mostly all) come together by then and the facility will be ready to open its doors to students. There may not be access to all parts of the building, but students should be able to utilize the classrooms and new gymnasium and most other parts of the new additions.
With the construction still happening alongside learning, and the fact that students will have to familiarize themselves with the new facilities, there is no doubt that the days, or even weeks, will be somewhat chaotic.
But we feel that old oxymoron, “organized chaos,” will apply here. The administration seems committed to making sure our students will be safe, have the best learning environment possible under the conditions, and continue with well on their paths of education.
And we need to remember that the challenges of getting a new school year under way while construction is still going on is temporary — the school district’s commitment to providing educationally beneficial and efficient facilities for its students will be felt for generations to come.
So, please go to the open houses set for Tuesday, Sept. 5. You may not see the finished product, but you will see the potential and what will soon be reality in the near future.
And think long term: as Sonju said, “it’s going to be awesome.”