District closes out new facilities project under budget: New exterior facilities upgrades on horizon

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Earlier this school year, the Circleville City School District put the finishing touches on what was a five year construction project with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (first breaking ground April 4, 2012). The multi-faceted project ushered in a new era of improvements and opportunities for our students through the creation of three new state of the art academic facilities.

Aside from the initial project, the charitable support of our Champion’s Fund Team provided for the installation of new athletic facilities including the Berger Field House that is above and beyond similar training structures in the area.

With the conclusion of the construction project, the district received back nearly $1.6 million of Locally Funded Initiative dollars (LFI). LFI is defined as improvements associated with a renovation project beyond the scope of work funded by the commission (state). As a part of the $1.6 million LFI return, the monies must fulfill its originally funded purpose by Ohio Revised Code.

Being entrusted with tax payer funds to provide and sustain 21st century facilities for generations of Tigers is a responsibility district administration is proud to oversee said superintendent Jonathan Davis.

“Due to the hard work of Mrs. Rhoads (Treasurer), Mr. McMahon (former Superintendent), and the school board the project was completed under budget,” said Superintendent Jonathan Davis. “Our students are most assuredly in a better position to succeed today because of the diligent financial stewardship of past and current leadership which is a testament of the board’s dedication to high quality education and the community’s willingness to partner in systemic success for our students.”

With the anticipated return on the horizon, the district put together a Facilities Committee made up of parents, teachers, administrators, and representatives of the Board in 2017. In recent years, Circleville City’s new campus has served as a recreational hub on the northeast corner of town and putting together a collaborative team of staff and community members was the next logical step for evolving in that capacity with the LFI improvements return.
This group was facilitated by professionals from MSA Architects of Columbus, OH on the creation of an overall campus facilities plan and vision. As part of their work, the group ranked facility needs and improvements that would benefit students and the community. The group identified an area of need that included new bleachers, a new press box, a new track, and addressing the lack of parking at the Auxiliary Field Area (close to Tennis/Softball).
The previous home and away stands were installed in 1966 and the track in 1973 (resurfaced in the 1990’s).
On February 13th, 2018, as a result of this collaboration, superintendent Jonathan Davis made a recommendation to the board of education to accept competitively bid contracts as a means to efficiently and cost effectively begin these projects.  The goal is for the new outdoor facilities projects to begin this Spring, with little disruption to track season, and  it is to be completed by the beginning of the 2018-19 school year.
An outdoor facilities project of this kind further enhances Circleville City’s prospects of becoming a sought out destination for regional marching band and athletic contest hosting which will in-turn help to sustain and fund student extracurricular programming.
“We are so blessed by the investment this community has made in the development of its greatest asset, our youth” said Davis. “We are working hard to put together a high quality education, in state of the art facilities, while also being fiscally conscious. This new project provides us another opportunity to provide for our students, while continuing to maintain a healthy financial forecast into the coming years. It is a really exciting time to be a Tiger.”

CHS Students Honored at 2018 Scholastic Art Awards

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Morgan Cordell pictured with art teacher Soni Grady at the 2018 Scholastic Art Awards at CCAD

Circleville City Schools – On Saturday, two Circleville High School art students were recognized at the 2018 Central Ohio Regional Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony. The event was head at the Canzani Center Auditorium at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD).

Senior Sydney Dowden took home three separate Honorable Mentions for her printmaking project titled ‘Ferris Wheel,’ and her two photography submissions titled ‘Winter Landscape’ and ‘Cemetery.’ Junior Morgan Cordell took home the Silver Key Award for a painting submission entitled ‘Vulnerability.’

Per artandwriting.org, “each year, more than 100 visual arts and literary arts organizations across the country to bring the Scholastic Awards to local communities. Teens in grades 7–12 apply in 29 categories of art and writing. In 2017, students submitted more than 330,000 works of art and writing to the Scholastic Awards.”

Tiger Award winning exhibitions will be on display from February 11th through February 22th in Columbus College of Art and Design’s Acock Gallery in the Canzani Center.

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Pictured (left-to-right): Chandler Vance ,  Joey Williams (alumni), Morgan Cordell and Emma Whitmore

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Morgan Cordell’s award winning submission “vulnerability” 

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Cordell and the award winning submission.

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The “Silver key” award is presented to “stand-out works submitted to local programs that demonstrate exceptional ability.”