Michele Spring Reporting: (Tuesday, January 15, 2019) New Philadelphia, Ohio – The New Philadelphia City School District held it’s first of three meetings Monday evening to ask those in attendance for input on what needs to be done to better the current educational buildings.

Superintendent David Brand informed community members of a few major concerns the district has.

“There are major infrastructural repairs that need to happen. Also, we are vastly overcrowded. Many, many different spaces that were not designed as educational spaces that our teachers use to educate our students today, from closets to stages.”

Brand went on to say that some staff are currently teaching in old showers and locker rooms.

The District currently operates 8 buildings; which include five elementary’s, the administrative building, one preschool, and the high school/middle school building. They also maintain the Quaker Dome and the bus garage and warehouse.

Rodwell King of the GPD architecture group said many variables, such as technology, enrollment growth, and school security, have evolved since these buildings were built.

“You walk into a typical building into a district and the office is nowhere near the front door. That is a safety and security thing, so we would like to fix that.”

New Philadelphia is locked in with the Ohio Facility Commission who is willing to pay 55% for remodels, additions, and/or new buildings. The next community meeting is scheduled for January 17th at the District Administrative building on Front Avenue.

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