Now that the election is over and things have settled down some, Green Local School Superintendent Jodi Armstrong along with her entire community are excited to talk about the new school they are now going to get.
“It’s a great time to be a Bobcat! The overwhelming support of Green Township voters on November 6th put an exclamation mark on an extraordinary resurgence of school pride. Our community members came together to pave the way for new facilities in a tremendous act of “pay it forward” dedication. Those facilities will be our legacy and contribution to future Bobcats just as past generations did the same for us.”
Armstrong continued, “As each precinct’s results were reported Tuesday evening, those of us at the Scioto County Courthouse were reporting back through social media to a large group in the high school cafeteria and individual viewers across the district and county. The energy, excitement, and support was incredible. To be honest, I had tears in my eyes all evening. When the final precinct was reported and the count was in, we shared collective cheers up-and-down the Ohio River from Franklin Furnace to Portsmouth. We could feel the joy, (and relief) in the air.”
Armstrong added, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who contributed to this effort. This was a massive undertaking that took the dedication of many to make it possible. It has been my humble pleasure to work alongside Brodie Merrill (treasurer), board of education members, campaign staff, school personnel, and the Green Bobcat Nation for the kiddos of the Green Local School District.”
She said the teachers and students are absolutely ecstatic! Armstrong said it was amazing to have the community support and to have the vote turn out like it did. Armstrong said that it was around 62% to 38% in passing a levy for the school, and at 62% they considered that a landslide. the voters have really just spoken for their support and love for the students of the community, and they are beyond excited.
Once the count came out, she said the fire department came out lights on and the sirens blaring on their fire trucks and ambulances driving around the school for the people who were outside supporting the district. She said even while they were at the courthouse waiting for the final results, they had a whole other group celebrating and bringing the community together back home.
Armstrong continued, “We had a pep rally Wednesday morning with all of our students, preschool through high school in the high school gym and Brody Merrill, our treasurer and I just spoke about some of the details and how proud we were of our community and how proud we are of our kids, and the exciting things that are coming to our kids at Green. Pat McDavid, community member has hung a Bobcat sign in the district, that says, ‘Thank You Green Township.’
Armstrong talked about speaking with her teachers, “we know now is the time to dream and dream big, the teachers are thinking of how they can enhance instruction and the way they can provide better technology for the kids. We know we are going to live in a budget, but now is the time…to envision that perfect classroom and work together to try to make that happen with the budget that we have.
Armstrong said they’re coming down from the excitement of the election, the voters have given them the guidance to go ahead to move forward, and they are on the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission’s timeline to go ahead for the funding cycle. They are now in the next funding cycle for sure and are waiting for that. They now have about a year of planning which she said is pretty typical, and two years then, on the build.
The anticipation of the election behind them, the Green Local School District is ready to get to the work of seeing this project come to fruition.
Reach Kimberly Jenkins (740) 353-3101 ext. 1928