Michele Spring Reporting:

(Friday, January 11, 2019) New Philadelphia, Ohio – The New Philadelphia City School District will hold several community meetings throughout the month of January to hear resident’s input as they plan for the next generation in education.

Superintendent David Brand informed the public that, with the help from the community, they are looking to develop a plan to overall better the districts education buildings.

“We have an amazing opportunity right now to shape the district’s future for the next fifty years. I frequently say, you know, somebody and a group of people came together as a community 75 years ago to develop and create a wonderful facility that has allowed amazing things to happen for generations of Quakers and we want to make sure that can continue.”

Brand said that, over the last four years, enrollment is up by 14%.

“We’re very overcrowded. We know we need to do something. So, these community meetings are designed to do what that is. And with the state offering 55% of the cost of the project, whether it be free models, additions, etc. or maybe even new, if that is what the community wants.”

Brand said they will look for guidance on topics from educational programming to educational adequacy in regards to the current facilities. The first meeting will be January 14th at 6:30 pm. If community members are unable to attend, additional meetings are scheduled for the 17th at 6:30pm and January 29th at 7:00pm.

“So, we’re open to any and every idea. And it’s going to be really important for the community to get out to the meetings. And it will be very exciting to time to design and think through what the next 50 years of New Philadelphia is going to look like.”

All meetings will be held at the District’s Administrative building at 248 Front Avenue SW.

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