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IC district office making temporary move

From staff reports

WINTERSVILLE — The Indian Creek Local School District office will make a temporary move later this month until it finds a permanent location at the new high school building.

Officials are packing up at the site on Bantam Ridge Road and will briefly lodge at Wintersville Elementary School as the staff and teachers head to the nearly complete Cross Creek Elementary School. Superintendent T.C. Chappelear said the school board will take part in a walk-through at the new elementary building during the regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday and everyone is eagerly anticipating the bell to ring there when class resumes this August.

“Our move is scheduled for May 27 and we will be in the offices on the first floor (at WES),” Chappelear said. “We will be at Wintersville Elementary and move into the new central office in early February at the new Indian Creek High School.”

He added that teachers are getting ready to relocate to Cross Creek while Principal Nicole McDonald will remain onsite through most of the summer. Chappelear noted that the school board will catch a glimpse of the new structure during Thursday’s meeting.

“We will be at Bantam Ridge with a tour of the Cross Creek Elementary building,” he said, adding that architects may be on hand.

He continued that school staff and leaders were excited about the change, although it will pose some disruption to be in temporary quarters for the next eight months.

“It’s going to be a minor inconvenience to be in a swing space, but it’s important to prepare for the demolition (at Bantam Ridge). We will begin abatement in June with the demolition to be scheduled later.”

The building once lodged the Bantam Ridge School, which operated from 1955-2012, and has housed the district office for the past 25 years. A section of the building which included HeadStart preschool classrooms, the Jefferson County Ohio State University Extension Office and Soil and Water Conservation District were previously removed to create an access road for construction, but the rest of the site will be abated and razed to create the parking lot for Cross Creek.

Assistant Superintendent John Belt said staff, teachers, students and school leaders were excited to be taking the next step in a very long-awaited process.

“We’re looking forward to the move because it signals that we are reaching a milestone with the project and are moving much closer to the finish line,” Belt said. “The board office will be at the new high school in February 2022 and the school will be occupied that March.”

Sol Harris/Day Architecture Inc. of North Canton designed the new high school and elementary buildings as well as the updates to Hills Elementary in Mingo Junction with Hammond Construction Inc. of Canton acting as construction manager. The new ICHS will be located next to Kettlewell Stadium on the Wintersville campus, while the current high school, WES and stadium will remain operational for much of the construction period.

Hills Elementary has been undergoing an estimated $10 million renovation to receive new windows, roofing and classrooms as well as plumbing, heating and cooling upgrades. The estimated $63 million project is being done in collaboration with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission while the present high school and elementary buildings will be demolished in the future.

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