Since our founding in 1947, Casady School has taken great pride in being a school that was initially modeled after the best Independent Schools in the nation. Over more than 70 years of providing excellence, we have been blessed to have a campus that is open and inviting to all. Our desire has always been to provide a safe and wonderful space for all generations to learn, to grow, and to develop.
Increasingly, we find ourselves evaluating safety and security on our campus while continually striving to provide an open, welcoming, and safe environment in which to nurture future generations of Casady students. In the past several years, we have engaged in multiple safety and security reviews and have significantly increased our security measures. We work hard to keep the charm and beauty of Casady’s small-school-feel while continuing to be ever aware of the changing landscape of the world around us.
As such we are excited to present to you the latest safety and security enhancement to our campus. We are calling it our “Grand Welcome to Casady School,” a capital campaign project that will add another layer of safety and security so that we may continue to focus on what is important, living the mission of our School in our children every day.
In the School’s master campus plan designed in 2016, a reimagining of the main entrance with enhanced security features was included. We believe that the time is right to move this project forward, ahead of others. This capital project will reconstruct and change the face of the main entrance to include a Welcome Center that will be staffed by Casady’s Security Team, red brick, wrought iron fencing, new gates, landscaping, a roundabout, and four traffic lanes to accommodate our School population and guests. Significant security system enhancements within this project will allow us to thoughtfully control access of visitors to our campus. Additional features of the project include increased parking lot lighting and landscaping.
In addition to this project, we are excited to announce that an Alice Aycock sculpture titled "Twister Grande" will be installed in the center of the round-about. Ms. Aycock is an internationally lauded artist, who has exhibited in museums and galleries in the U.S., Europe, and Japan and is represented by Marlborough Gallery in New York. A Jaume Plensa sculpture was dedicated in 2015, making the Aycock sculpture the second major art piece on the School's campus.
Regardless of the careers our students pursue in life, we want them to value the arts and the many benefits the arts provide to a community. Casady School has always had a strong commitment to the arts with robust programs in orchestra, drama, choir, and band, as well as a wide array of visual arts opportunities. Now, thanks to the generosity of one of our alums, we continue to show our commitment to the arts with this second major outdoor sculpture.
We are very excited to begin construction on the new entrance at the close of this school year and anticipate that we will still be under construction when we return to school in August. However, we expect to have made substantial progress and will be communicating opening day logistic plans as we get closer to the start of school this coming fall. Be on the lookout for updates this summer as we begin this exciting project.