GREENVILLE — Students returning to Greenville City Schools will see a number of new faces among staff and instructors.
As well, Greenville High School students will enter a freshly renovated building.
Improvements at the high school are still ongoing, but Greenville High School Principal Jeff Cassell said the work is nearing completion.
“The building is not quite ready yet, but it’s getting there,” he said. “It will be so nice when it’s done.”
“People will see a noticeable change. It will feel almost like a brand new building,” he added.
In addition to the aesthetic improvements, Cassell pointed out the building’s improved safety features.
“Safety and security is obviously paramount,” he said. “We have 34 entrances and all of them will be secure. Visitors will be able to enter through the main entrance and check in at the office.”
“The whole community is to thank for this renovated high school facility,” said Greenville City Schools Superintendent Doug Fries. “It is now ready to provide our students with a 21st century education.”
Cassell himself is a new addition to the high school, having previously served as principal of Greenville’s Woodland Heights Primary in the 2014-2015 school year. He said he looks forward to the start of the new school year.
“Am I excited? I sure am,” he said.
Another change for Green Wave pupils will be a significant hike in student parking fees, from $3 to $25. The increased fees are intended to offset long-term parking lot maintenance.
“There are no assigned spots, other than our honor student parking, so it will be first come, first serve for parking,” said Cassell.
Construction continues on the new Kindergarten through 8th Grade building on Ohio Street. The new facility is expected to open Nov. 15, 2016.
The district has also hired a number of new staff and instructors for all of its school facilities.
New instructors in 2015-2016 include Megan Hiatt (Woodland Primary School Kindergarten), Patti Kiefer (Woodland intervention specialist), Cindi Koontz (East Intermediate School 4th grade), Stacy Jones (East 3rd grade), Kyle Miklas (South Middle School math, language arts), Hanna Miller (Woodland 2nd grade), Shannan Miller (South English, language arts), Tiffany Oswalt (South intervention specialist), Autumn Powers (Woodland, East and South psychologist), Jordan Renfro (Woodland intervention specialist), Tamara Smith (East intervention specialist), Jennifer Staugler (South 5th and 6th language arts, social studies), and Brittani Stuchell (Woodland 2nd grade).
Other new instructors include Chad Curtis (Junior High and South schools intervention specialist), Chelsea Dowd (High School social studies), Stephen Eldred (High School NJROTC instructor), Stan Hughes (Career Tech director/coordinator of Technology & Virtual Academy), Megan Roessner (High School social studies), Elizabeth Shields (High School math), Brent Short (Junior High intervention specialist), Nathan Stuchell (High School social studies), Erick Von Sas (High School and South School instrumental music), and Leslie Wenrich (Junior High intervention specialist).
Greenville High School’s Career Tech Center will welcome the addition of two additional teachers — Engineering Instructor Adam Eberwein and Medical Tech Prep Instructor Stephanie Lind.
The district has also hired a new bus driver, Sharon Johnston.
“We’re extremely happy to open the new school year, and to work with students, parents and the community to make this a great year,” said Fries.