The Greeneview Board of Education is excited to announce that they will open the doors to a new District Central Office on February 15, 2018. An open house will be held from 5:30 to 7 PM prior to the Board’s monthly business meeting at the new facility located at 4790 Cottonville Road. The Board also anticipates hiring their new Treasurer that evening in the meeting that will be held in the new office space following the open house.
In May of 2017, District administration was contacted by an area bank who had recently taken possession of a vacant office facility and land in Jamestown that they believed it would be a good fit for the District. Bill Stapleton, CEO of Home City Federal Savings Bank, said he knew it would be a good fit when he walked outside the facility and could see the blue roofs of both the high school and middle school. The Bank in Springfield, Ohio worked with the District to come to an agreement on this property and the Board finalized the deal in September of 2017 for $230,000.
The 9,000 square foot office building is situated on over five acres of land, conveniently located on Cottonville Road between the High School and Middle School campus. The acreage will be utilized for District athletic practice facility. Currently, the school’s soccer and football teams practice on land owned by First Baptist Church and Twist Manufacturing. The acreage is located adjacent to Seaman Park and the practice facilities will be a huge benefit to the District’s programs. Middle School Agriculture Education students worked in the fall to clean up the landscaping under the direction or instructor Doug Wickline. The students will return in the spring to add plants and prune the bushes and trees in order to spruce up the space.
Since taking possession in October, District maintenance staff has completed renovations and removed all of the old flooring. The District plans to move the Board Office staff to the facility in March. Nearly half of the 9,000 square foot facility, which once housed Wheel Constructors and American Buildings Company, will remain vacant for the time being. The District is still exploring options for an educational use of the remaining space. If the space is not immediately needed for District use, the Board will seek a tenant to lease the finished space.
The interior of the facility features seven office spaces, a conference room, a records storage room, a finished kitchen, two handicap accessible restrooms, and over 1,000 square feet of meeting space. The open meeting area will be used for Board meetings, staff professional development, and other community meetings. We want to create a space that is conducive for professional learning for our staff and community.
The current Board of Education facility will be converted this spring in order to transform the office space into preschool classrooms. The district will utilize its maintenance staff to perform demolition and renovations in the office space, which was built in 1984 and has housed the Board of Education since that time. The mixed-use facility will allow the District to free up three classrooms in the current Elementary in order to expand student programming for our elementary children. The District has been teaching art, computer coding, and keyboarding in rotating classrooms this school year. The additional space also provides us the capacity to expand our preschool and elementary programming. We have been doubling up on rooms at the Elementary as we expand our programs. Moving the preschool out of the elementary will vacate 3 classrooms that will allow us to continue to provide additional programming for our students.