Buckeye Local High School updates signs on campus

A NEW LOOK — Some new signage dots areas of Buckeye Local High School to promote positivity and Panther Pride. Principal Lucas Parsons said Erb Electric of Bridgeport assisted with the update and it was funded through donations. Parsons hopes to add more signage as part of a continuous project. (Contributed photo)

CONNORVILLE — Faculty, staff, students and visitors will notice a distinct difference once they return to Buckeye Local High School as new signage greets them at the facility.

Principal Lucas Parsons said a series of school-related and inspirational signs are dotted throughout the building with positive words spanning the hallways and restrooms. The $1,600 project concluded this past week and the signage was created in conjunction with Erb Electric of Bridgeport.

Parsons contacted the business, whose representative is a BLHS alumna, and they began designing signs. The project was to be finished in time for the Ohio Supreme Court’s Off-Site Court Program in late April, but the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools, businesses and government buildings across the state and nation.

“We were actually supposed to get it done two days after (the shutdown) started. The company came in on May 12 and put it all up. The maintenance crew came in and repainted the entrance in the main lobby and we put up the sign welcoming them to the junior and senior high,” Parsons said. “The ‘Panther Pride’ sign is in the commons area where the students have lunch and there are signs in the boys’ and girls’ restrooms near the commons.”

Visitors are welcomed to Panther Country near the gym while the Panthers and Lady Panthers’ locker rooms and entrances for home team supporters and visitors are also identified.

“It was paid for in part by personal funds donated by members of the Buckeye Local school board, a donation from the Joseph Nieb Memorial Fund and my principal’s fund,” Parsons said, adding the Nieb fund has supported the school through scholarships and other endeavors.

Those who walk the hallowed halls will find such signs as “Panther Pride” to a quotation from innovator Henry Ford about persistence. Parsons said one phase is currently finished but he hopes to do more in the future, while the Class of 2020 made a contribution to see it through.

“This is a continuous project. I believe it brings a sense of pride and school spirit to Buckeye Local,” Parsons said. “It is more important now than ever to keep the positivity alive. We need to come together as a community. Buckeye Local is my home and I want the best for everyone and everything in it.”


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