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The Suburbanite
  • A sneak peek at Springfield’s new school

  • Students attending grades seven through 12 in August 2013 will get a whiff of that new school smell when they walk through the doors of the brand new Springfield Junior High/High School.

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  • Students attending grades seven through 12 in August 2013 will get a whiff of that new school smell when they walk through the doors of the brand new Springfield Junior High/High School.
    School board officials say the building on Canton Road near Sanitarium Road is a little more than 50 percent completed and is on time and budget.
    It will replace the current school, which was built in 1950 and weathered six additions over the years. The original high school, the Central Building, was built in 1931.
    The outside of the building features red bricks accented in some areas by vertical bricks, and several courses of split-face blocks surround the building, adding design, texture and color.
    On the inside, the state-of-the-art school is loaded with technology, which adds to the district’s already “ahead of the curve” technology programs.
    Superintendent William Stauffer said when the students enter the building in August, it will be a grand entrance. The main entrance has an impressive atrium surrounded with glass at the top, allowing a lot of natural light inside. On the floor will be a large Spartan logo. Stauffer said the stairs leading to the second floor are not a normal set of stairs, but “the grand staircase.”
    The Y-shaped building has two large wings, the front that houses junior high staff and students, and the back that houses high school staff and students. The two age groups will be separated for the full school day.
    Classrooms measure about 900 square feet, and the science labs are about 1,200 square feet. Each room is an off-white with a Spartan red accent wall. Many more hands-on activities will be possible in the labs that cannot be accomplished in the current building.
    Students will utilize extended learning spaces outside of the classrooms.  
    “There will be furniture for kids to work in these areas,” Stauffer said. “It is an extra space for tutoring, working in groups or whatever the teachers need to use it for.”
    A double buzzer system is used at the entrance to address safety concerns. Visitors must buzz to enter the first set of doors, and office personnel will buzz them in through the second set of doors where the office is accessible. Students will access the office from a different area.
    The cafeteria, gymnasiums, music rooms and auditorium are located on the opposite side of the atrium. The cafeteria will be used by all grades but at different times of the day. There is a junior high gym and a separate senior high gym. Outside the cafeteria is an outdoor eating area with picnic tables.
    The auditorium is located by the band and choir rooms, and students can enter the stage area from the hallway of the music section, making it convenient for performances. Entrance doors are located in the gym and auditorium area, allowing the public direct entrance for events.
    Page 2 of 2 - Stauffer said about 80 community members toured the new facility on two public tours held in November.
    “Everyone enjoyed the tour, and they are quite excited and proud,” he said.
    More tours will be held in the spring.
    A bid was approved at the Nov. 20 board of education meeting for loose furnishings and technology.
    “You know you are getting close when you are ordering the furniture,” said board member Neal Hess.
    Stauffer said a lot of care has been put into the details.
    “This is going to be magnificent facility for our students,” he said. “We are all excited.”