GREENVILLE – Greenville City Schools (GCS) held a Dedication and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new K-8 facility on Sunday.
In addition to the new facility, the event highlighted many talented students from GCS. Early arrivals were greeted by a prelude of music, from the Greenville High School (GHS) Jazz Scene, under the direction of J.R. Price. A Presentation of Colors was given by the GHS Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), under the direction of Lt. Richard Kuehner and Chief Stephen Eldred. The National Anthem was performed by the GHS Band, under the direction of Erick Von Sas. And the Pledge of Allegiance was led by representatives of Greenville Elementary School: Callee Moore, Libby Harter, Adalee Boner, Ivy Sommer and Gibson Steyer. An Invocation followed, by Rev. Donald D. Myers.
Many people spoke of gratitude for the new facility and the hard work in bringing it to fruition.
Supt. Doug Fries was the first to greet the crowd.
“Greenville parents, grandparents, community members and staff are to be commended for your on-going support and priority that you put on education,” he said. “While excellent school staff and teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers are critical for our children’s education, the fact remains that quality school facilities also play an important role in creating a learning environment in which students can grow and develop academically and instructionally. For this reason, I am pleased that Greenville Schools now has this brand new state-of-the-art facility to serve our students and our staff.”
District Treasurer Carla Surber read a proclamation from the Ohio State Senate on behalf of Senator Bill Beagle (District 5), honoring the new school facility. Rep. Keith Faber (District 84) said the new facility was important for many reasons, with one standing above the rest.
“It is important because what it says to the kids is that the communities are investing in their future,” he said. “As you walk around this building how can you not, as a student, have the pride that your community wants to give you the very best opportunity for you to meet your God-given potential? As I look around this building and the facility that Greenville has invested in all of you, the taxpayers, who have paid for this building over the years, thank you for investing in the next generation’s priorities.”
Jim Buchy, former Republican member of the Ohio House of Representatives and as Supt. Fries announced, long-time resident of Greenville and friend, thanked the administration, teachers and staff for all their work in producing the new facility.
“The biggest thank you goes to the voters and taxpayers, who have stepped forward after several rounds of therapy, to support this facility financially. It is because of this so blessed community that we are here today to celebrate the future of increased success of the most blessed place in the world, where we are here, in Ohio. I just think it’s magnificent,” he said.
Additionally Supt. Fries commended the “Strong Schools, Strong Community” Levy Committee Treasurer John Swallow and Tri-Chair members: Rita McCans, Susan Spille and Jan Teaford received a certificate and a standing ovation for their work.
“I can tell you that I have done a lot of things in my life, but these three ladies had me running for six months,” he said. “I appreciate their guidance, their help and their leadership in us being able to lead a successful campaign. ‘Strong Schools, Strong Community,’ we will remember you forever.”
Fries also thanked many others, for their donations of money, talent and time to the overall project.
After the ceremony, community members were able to tour the facility and enjoy some of the festivities, such as the Greenville Middle School Concert Band’s performance that was played at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference, in Cleveland.
One community member Frederick Fine, of Greenville, attended 8th – 12th grades, at Greenville.
“I think it is a long time coming,” he said of the new facility. “We have needed this for quite a long time. I feel kind of sad that we are going to be losing the old ones, especially the junior high. It was my favorite. I’m glad it finally happened, though and I really love that gym. It has more seating, for one, and it looks like the bleachers are a heck of a lot easier to pull out. I would like to have gone to a school like this.”
Steve Wenning, of outside Greenville, said it is time for a change.
“My daughters went to school here there entire careers, so seeing the gradual decay of the older schools and knowing that something needed to be done, I’m glad it finally happened.”
School Board President James Sommer spoke on behalf of the Board of Education, but he also has a personal interest in the new school.
“We would like to thank again, you the people who made this facility possible – it is greatly appreciated,” he said. “This is just a new beginning for all of our students. I have three granddaughters in this building. What a great day!”