It was five years ago on April 19 that ground was broken for the new New Boston (Glenwood) School facilities. Village Councilman Mike Payton remembers it as a rather inauspicious occasion.
“It was actually done in the stadium,” Payton said. “It had rained and the school is over where the pool was and that was one big giant mud hole. So Mike Staggs, who was superintendent then had some dirt brought in because he wanted the students to be a part of it, so he brought all these little shovels and each one of the kids got one and we had some of the folks in from the state and we did it. It was a lot of fun.”
The move was officially made to the new school building at the end of November 2012. In fact, school personnel made the move during the Thanksgiving break.
“We’ve come a long way in the last 3 1/2 years,” Melinda Burnside, Superintendent of New Boston Schools, said. “Mr. Staggs had a vision to have the most highly technological school in the state of Ohio and we’ve come a long way with technology and we’re slowly making things happen to our facility all the time.”
In real estate it’s location, location, location, and that is everything for the New Boston school facility.
“It is now closer to our municipal stadium. It’s closer to our ballfield,” Burnside said. “Dan Fetty, who is on the Village Council, worked on a grant to get the village new tennis courts and they did receive that grant. This summer we’re going to get new tennis courts right beside the ballfield, so it’s definitely a more central location and communication is better among the staff members. We no longer have to haul food to two different locations. Our school nurse is in one building instead of three buildings.”
Prior to the new facilities being built, if one of the buildings needed the nurse to respond to a medical need, they had to go looking to find out what building the nurse was in and call and get him or her to come the that particular building.
“It just makes everything more functional as a whole to have everything pre-k-12 in one facility,” Burnside said.
Burnside said there are still people in the community who miss the tradition of the old New Boston gym (the Tiger Den), but the new Homer Pelligrinon (former New Boston Basketball coach) gym holds a lot more people and is much more functional.
“A lot has gone on in the last five years,” Payton said. “It was an accomplishement we were all pretty proud of.”
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