Thursday, April 24th, 2014

London City Schools makes it official with groundbreaking

Sixth-graders help Principal Darren Fillman (center) shovel dirt at the groundbreaking for the new London Middle School.

A total of 14 students took part, in two groups, in the groundbreaking.

While a backhoe moves dirt in the background, members of the London High School band perform at the middle school groundbreaking ceremony.

Superintendent Steve Allen joins students in reciting the "Pledge of Allegiance" to the flag across Route 38 at the elementary school.

School and government leaders take their turns at the shovels: (from left) District Treasurer Britt Lewis, former school board member Nancy Smith, Superintendent Steve Allen, board member Curtis Brooks, board president Eric Schooley, board members Dr. Martha Geib, Vici Geer and Melissa Canney, State Rep. Bob Hackett and State Senator Chris Widener.

As members of the high school band played the school fight song, London Middle School Principal Darren Fillman and some of his sixth-grade students sunk shovels into dirt at the construction site for the new middle school.

The groundbreaking ceremony took place the morning of April 28 as geothermal drill rigs and dirt-moving backhoes performed early site work in the background. The site is located on Route 38 across from the elementary and high schools. The new building is scheduled for completion by the fall of 2011.

Fillman said he, his staff and the students are excited about the prospects of moving out of a building thats over 80 years old and into a new one. He took the groundbreaking as a chance to reflect on not just the idea of a new structure, but also of the people in it. The word that comes to mind, he said, isquality.

“We have lots of artists, musicians, dancers and athletes and, most important, lots of great students, he said, going on to praise the teachers, too, for nurturing a safe, effective learning environment.

Superintendent Steve Allen said the middle school project represents avery cooperative and coordinated effort among district leaders, city and county officials, construction and design representatives, and the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC). He thanked the City of London for its work to move forward the extension of Keny Boulevard, which will benefit traffic flow around the campus.

Eric Schooley, school board president, thanked the citizens of London for their foresight in passing a levy several years ago that got the OSFC/facility projects rolling. He said he hopes the new middle school producesan endless supply of lifetime learners.

The sixth-graders who took part in the ceremony are: John Couch, Molly Dennis, Ethan Drummond, Allyssa Kimbler, Garrett King, Madison Mayhorn, Darien McCoy, Jacob Michel, Seaira Oyer, Ryan Pitt, Kia Price, Reed Rinesmith, Elizabeth Weidner and Jessie Zimmer-Fulton. They will be eighth-graders when the new building opens.

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