A simple equation: fresh quarters for the Canal Winchester School District administrative offices equals a lot more space.
The January move of middle school students and staff to a new building on Parkview left the 100 Washington St. building without students for the first time since 1862 and the district with a lot of empty rooms.
The historic building, renamed the Canal Winchester Education Center, now houses superintendent, assistant superintendent, and treasurer offices, human resources, curriculum, special education, technology, and student registration.
Monthly board of education meetings will now be held at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month on the second floor in the former school’s library-rooms 204/206-starting with the July 21 meeting. Renovated classrooms now serve as spacious offices with a lot more area to move around compared with cramped quarters at a modular building perched on the edge of the high school parking lot.
The move to the school from the trailer that once housed the administrative offices was made on June 12.
"It’s great that we have enough space now and people aren’t sitting on top of one another," said school board member David Brobst, "and they now have space for private conferences. I really appreciate the fact that we’ve been able to do this without expending a lot of money."
"It gives them the ability to have a conference table in their offices," continued Brobst. "The new board meeting room will also be utilized as an internal training area, so the space will be used year round. For meetings, it will be more convenient for the public because they’ll have space in front of them to set things down. Hopefully it will also be easier to hear what’s being said. That was a problem before for many people. One of the things about the move though, it is a big learning curve for people coming to the meetings and figuring out where to park and enter the building. There’s a small parking lot on the south side of the building, but if we have a larger crowd, there’s parking in the back of the building."
Weekday visitors to the historic structure enter at the front door on Washington Street flanked by four benches and are greeted at a reception desk before being directed to the appropriate office. Since no funding was available for structural changes-and in case the district would need more student space in the future because of overcrowding-minimal renovation of classrooms into office space was accomplished.
The superintendent and student registration is located on the ground floor; the treasurer’s office, board room, and technology on the next floor, and curriculum on the following level. All offices are handicap accessible via an elevator.
Contact numbers for the administrative offices are: phone, (614) 837-4533; and fax, (614) 833-2165.