MINGO JUNCTION - If Indian Creek School District voters need a reason to vote for the levy issue on the Nov. 6 ballot, they need look no further than the new middle school project.
Several hundred Indian Creek pupils, parents and supporters flocked to Mingo Junction on Wednesday evening to take in an official glimpse at the 78,000-square-foot building located behind Hills Elementary School.
The middle school project is the result of a levy approved by voters in November 2008. The levy amount included 2.2 mills for construction, plus an additional 1.25 mills for maintenance and permanent improvements for a total of 3.45 mills. The total cost of the project is $17 million and is being partly funded by the Ohio School Facilities Commission.
TAKING TOUR — Angie Latessa, project manager for Richard L. Bowen and Associates, served as tour guide Wednesday evening as Indian Creek supporters got a first glimpse at the new middle school in Mingo Junction. The middle school will open in January and will house sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade pupils.
According to Superintendent John Rocchi, the move-in date for pupils and staff will be Jan. 7.
"Teachers will be able to move into the building over Christmas break," he explained. "We will have all new desks and furniture installed in the building."
The new school will house sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade pupils, with each grade having their own wing in the school.
"We will have a new gymnasium and cafeteria, as well as state-of-the-art computer and science labs, a library and a separate band room," Rocchi told attendees.
"This is a beautiful facility for the community and the children, and we need a new high school to have the same type of state-of-the-art technology and equipment," Rocchi said. "We won't quit until we get a new high school."
The passage of the $4.95-mill levy in November will make the dream of a new high school come true.
The district is seeking a bond issue of 3.5 mills for constructing school facilities under the exceptional needs program of the Ohio School Facilities Commission and locally funded initiatives; renovating, improving and constructing additions to existing facilities, including furnishings and equipment; acquiring land and interests in land as necessary, in the principle amount of $22 million for 37 years; and additional 1.45 mills for current expenses for five years.
"We are looking to provide facilities for the whole school population that is up to date with 21st century technology," Rocchi stated. "Bottom line is that our kids deserve the best facilities possible.
"Please get to the polls and vote yes on Nov. 6," he said.