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Opinions trending toward new school buildings in New Philadelphia

| February 6, 2024

NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (February 6, 2024) – Schools Superintendent Amy Wentworth says popular opinion is leaning toward building new schools in the district.

Wentworth says a series of public meetings have been well attended as school officials seek opinions on how to improve their aging buildings.

“They are in dire need of some upgrades. Our oldest buildings are over 110 years old, and our newest building is actually 50 years old so we’re having a lot of issues with our infrastructure. We actually have pipes that are crumbling beneath the building floors.”

She says most in attendance believe new construction is the way to go.

“While we haven’t made a final decision, there does seem to be a lot of agreement around the idea of rebuilding a new elementary school, rebuilding a new middle school and high school, and then using the Quaker Dome for athletics and possibly even for our administrative offices.”

Master Facilities Improvement Community meetings are Tuesday, Feb. 6, and Wednesday, Feb. 21, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Front Street Administrative Building.

Wentworth hopes to have a plan solidified by the end of April.

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