Canal Winchesters new middle school opens

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 Messenger photos by Linda Dillman
 Canal Winchester seventh grader Vince Canini visits a science classroom, home to an unusual Buckeye fan, in the district’s new middle school on Lithopolis Road. The middle school was part of $35.5 million bond issue passed in 2004, which also funded purchase of the 124 acre site off of Lithopolis Road and an addition at Winchester Trail. Security cameras are located throughout the building, one entrance is provided for students versus six at the old building, and hallway supervision increased with the new design. Instructors are already noticing improvements in behavior.  "There are several reasons for us to be excited about the building," said teacher Ken Phillips. "Teachers were allowed to dream and dream big. Canal Winchester has always been on the leading edge of technology, but this building really puts everything right there for us." Board member Stan Smith said at least three former Canal Winchester students were involved in the construction phase, including one who held a leadership role in plumbing the school. "What you see here and in the coming years and in the early phases began with a vision the school board had 15 years ago,"  said Smith.
 
 Media aide Judy Jewell explains features of the new Canal Winchester Middle School media center to her father, Earl Merritz, following a dedication ceremony which featured performances by the school’s show choir and orchestra.
 
 Hannah Jewell, a Canal Winchester High School Sophomore and band percussionist, checks out a computer in the middle school media center following a Jan. 16 dedication ceremony attended by students, parents, staff, and residents.
 
 Middle school science instructor Ken Phillips, left, looks over a CSI-style crime scene graphic with school board member Chuck Miller, right. The design was part of a cross-curriculum classroom lesson challenging students to use a variety of skills in solving a faux crime.

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