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.”

Four inducted into CHS Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2018

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Circleville City Schools – On Saturday, January 20th, Circleville High School enshrined four new members into the Athletics Hall of Fame in between junior varsity and varsity home basketball contests versus Hamilton Township.

The 2018 Hall of Fame class was made up of Beth Adkins Paynter, Ryan Ankrom (Class of 1996), Leah (Allen) Congrove (Class of 2006), and Gary Mogan (Class of 1973).

Beth Adkins Paynter, who recently retired from Circleville City Schools in 2015, spent the majority of her Circleville career working as the high school athletics secretary – a position she began in 1993. Paynter’s tenure as a member of the Red and Black saw her work alongside an array of coaches, athletic directors, and volunteers in meeting the daily needs of the student-athletes the department served over her 21 years of work.

Ryan Ankrom was a three sport athlete at Circleville City while attending the school from 1992-1996 – most notably in football and baseball. Ankrom was a co-captain for the gridiron Tigers where he played wide-receiver and kicker and patrolled the middle infield as a shortstop on the baseball team. In all, Ankrom earned nine varsity letters, earned all-Mid State League once and all-District twice in baseball, and all-Mid-State League Buckeye Division and received all-Central District honors in football.

Leah (Allen) Congrove left her mark on CHS as a cross country and track standout from 2002-2006 – competing in the state meet in seven of her eight seasons in the two sports. As a runner, Congrove took home all-MSL honors three times, all-District four times, and in 2005 was named cross country team MVP.

The final member of the 2018 Hall of Fame class, Gary Mogan, excelled as a three sport athlete (football, wrestling, baseball) for the Tigers in the early 1970’s. On football Friday Nights Mogan was an all-South Central Ohio League linebacker and earned second team all-Central District during his high school career. On the mat, Mogan was a captain of the wrestling team was a 2-time, South Central Ohio League champion and district champion.

Many thanks to the Circleville High School Alumni Association for providing refreshments following the induction ceremony.

Circleville City Schools and the Athletics Department would like to congratulate the 2018 Hall of Fame Class! Go Tigers!

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