Mary Alice Reporting –

New Philadelphia students return to the classroom today (Wednesday).

General maintenance occurred around the district over the summer and the maintenance and transportation department was able to move into their new location on State Route 416.

Superintendent Amy Wentworth says that thanks to funding, a huge project was completed.

“We were able to use some grant funding that came through the COVID crisis and use that funding to update our heating and add cooling to our gymnasium and the music wing of our high school.”

For the 2023-24 year, there was also some new hires across the New Philadelphia City School district.

“Two brand new assistant principals, one at the high school and one at the middle school. We also moved a couple of administrators, Ryan Range moved from the middle school to the high school as the principal and Ricky Neff is now the middle school principal.”

Other staff turnover, says Wentworth, also occurred at the administration level with the addition of nine certified and seven classified staff members.

Another ongoing project is creating a Master Facility Plan. She explains that they did hire pre-bond architect to review the school existing facilities. Starting in September, the district plans to reveal the findings for community engagement.

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