Mar 27 2015
The District 86 school board has discussed the goal of a new pool for Hinsdale Central, a worthy goal for an outdated pool. But let’s be clear: because of the coordinated cost-saving efforts of coaches and Buildings and Grounds crews over many years, that old, outdated pool has had its life prolonged so that is has always been ready for practices and meets. Because it has always been ready for use, the athletes who train under the leadership of Coach Barber in one of the more outdated pools in the state were able to win HC’s 25th total state swimming championship.
What else do the people of B & G do?
In general, they impress coaches and administrators from visiting schools who marvel at the way our B & G crews not only attend to the needs of students and staff, but also at the way they anticipate our needs.
They make sure that all of our equipment is safe for student and faculty use. They know our students, faculty, and staff personally, so the safety of all is a driving concern for them.
They use cost-saving measures to adapt and repurpose worn or broken gymnastics equipment, creating useful, safe training devices.
They earn Aspire & Inspire Awards and Make a Difference Awards because they are nominated by our students in appreciation of their caring, quality work.
Who are the people of B & G more specifically?
One B & G member approached a Drama teacher who was hosting a single-evening performance on the Hinsdale Central Gallery stage and offered to build a fully accessible ramp in order to accommodate one of the teacher’s students who used a heavy motorized wheelchair, so that the student could be on the small stage with his classmates and not merely on the floor below them. The B & G member knew the student and made this offer of intensive labor for a one-night performance.
One is person who created a computer scoring program in the 1990s that is still used by coaches today.
One has been a coach of the Central Bass Fishing team who volunteered the use of his own boat each season.
One has been a boys’ gymnastics coach at Hinsdale South.
Some are members of our community whose children we have taught. Their children are your children’s classmates and teammates.
So let’s be clear: the tradition of excellence in District 86, toward which our talented students strive and which their involved parents loyally support, is kept alive by the excellent teachers, support staff, AND buildings and grounds people who spend their careers working at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South.