Lebanon building $27 million junior high

New school part of $72 million in additions, renovations.

Construction is about to begin on a $27 million junior high school in Lebanon.

The 124,186 square foot school, just north of the existing school on the north edge of Lebanon, will feature the latest in educational, environmental and energy-saving designs and technologies.

“It’s a new state-of-the-art junior high,” said Allison McKenzie, the architect who designed the school. “Parents should feel really great about sending their kids to this building.”

The entire building will be connected through wireless technologies and feature interactive projectors and other educational tools designed to encourage a “bring-your-own-device mentality” by teachers and students.

The students and staff are scheduled to move into the new building for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.

It’s the first time a school has been designed and built for junior-high students.

Before the current building, at 160 Miller Road, was built as a high school in the mid-1960s, the high school was in what is now Berry Middle School, further south on Broadway. Each time, the junior high kids inherited the older building.

“This is something we have been doing for 185 years,” Superintendent Mark North said. “With the community’s support, we were able to build a new junior high school for the first time.”

The interior design will feature colors, including Warrior maroon and white.

“You’ll see more color,” McKenzie said, “to spur some imagination in the kids.”

The existing auditorium and gymnasium will be part of the new complex.

The new junior high will feature a new gymnasium and a two-story student research center.

“We hope our students will use this as the focal point of their education,” Principal Jason Enix said.

Last weekend, local leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at the site.

A construction manager and subcontractors will begin initial site work in May.

Construction is to begin in June and take about 15 months.

While featuring state-of-the-art technology, the new school is designed to maximize value and savings, including conservation of water and electricity.

“We could actually show they were going to use 30 percent less water,” McKenzie said. “This building is very emblematic of what the district is trying to accomplish as a whole.”

The project is part of more than $72 million in school construction funded through state funds and local levies.

District voters approved a 1.87-mill levy to finance $56.8 million in local costs, including $27.4 million in principal and $29.4 million in interest. Local voters also approved a 0.5-mill levy to fund continued maintenance required by the state to qualify for the funding.

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission will contribute $45.1 million.

In addition to the new junior high and renovated Berry, the money will pay for improvements to the high school, and Donovan and Bowman elementary schools. Once the new junior high is completed, students from Berry will move into the old junior high, which will be razed once Berry has been renovated.

Berry is to reopen for the 2017-2018 school year.

Reader Comments ...

Next Up in Local

Kasich: Ohio’s gun background check system has ‘significant gaps’
Kasich: Ohio’s gun background check system has ‘significant gaps’

Ohio’s system for keeping guns out of the hands of dangerous people is riddled with problems, according to a new report released Monday by the Kasich administration. Law enforcement agencies and courts across the state routinely fail to upload data that gets added to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System so that people subject...
How virtual and augmented reality are changing the way you shop
How virtual and augmented reality are changing the way you shop

See what new curtains, a new refrigerator or a new couch look like in your own home before you buy them with virtual or augmented reality applications created by a company based in the Miami Valley. Marxent is working with big name retailers, like Macy’s, to give customers a new shopping experience.  With a virtual reality headset over his...
Clark County resident, Xenia teacher sentenced in Logan County
Clark County resident, Xenia teacher sentenced in Logan County

A Clark County resident and Xenia teacher who pleaded guilty to a charge in Logan County was sentenced Monday. Brandon Murray pleaded guilty to a charge of attempted abduction in Logan County Common Pleas Court, according to online records. He was sentenced to 120 days in the county jail, five years of community control and $2,500 in fines plus court...
Dayton airport firefighter arrested on suspicion of OVI
Dayton airport firefighter arrested on suspicion of OVI

A veteran Dayton airport firefighter accused on a charge of driving under the influence late Saturday remains on the job. Zachary Avila, 42, was taken into custody by Montgomery County Sheriff’s deputies after he was pulled over on suspicion of speeding on state Route 4 near Hemple Road and he refused to submit to a field sobriety test,...
Miamisburg man dies while swimming in Outer Banks, North Carolina
Miamisburg man dies while swimming in Outer Banks, North Carolina

A Miamisburg man died over the weekend while swimming in the ocean along the Outer Banks in North Carolina. The body of Kyler Miles, 35, was found early this morning by Town of Duck police, according to a release from the police department in North Carolina. Miles went for a swim Sunday morning, and emergency crews were dispatched at approximately...
More Stories