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Hamilton Schools invests in new gym equipment
Hamilton Township High School completed renovations to The Barns – the weight room located at the far west end of HTHS Alumni Football Stadium, according to school district officials.

The Barns typically houses a weight room, batting cages, and an open area for athletic teams to practice in throughout the year. After recent renovations to the weight room portion of The Barns, the facility now features state-of-the-art equipment, which provides opportunities for students to practice weight lifting and gain skills needed to be successful athletes.

The benefits of the new gym equipment extend beyond specific sports training – having a strong physical fitness program that utilizes strength training equipment helps students develop healthy habits that will accompany them through life.

“I think that the new equipment will not only be great for our football program, but it will benefit all of our student athletes,” said Head Football Coach Tennyson Varney. “We also have physical education and advanced weight room classes that can utilize this equipment throughout the school year. It’s a major upgrade for our entire district that everyone can enjoy and be proud of.”

The old weight room did not have the capabilities that the new racks have. There are 15 new racks that give students the ability to utilize a barbell, cables, hex bar, chest press, leg press, bands, and more. Along with the new weight racks is a dumbbell tree with nearly 100 different dumbbells in various weights.

“I think the new equipment will generate more school pride,” said Athletic Director Matt Thompson. “Our student athletes are excited and they want to get out there and get faster and stronger. I believe it will not only help our athletic programs, but it will help build our community pride.”

HLSD new band director
The Hamilton Local School District announced the hiring of Riley Robey as the new marching band director. He assumed full responsibilities immediately.

“I’m extremely excited for Riley Robey to join our team,” said Superintendent Mark Tyler. “He has a very impressive track record of producing excellent performances. Riley’s knowledge of our community will make him a great fit!”

Robey grew up close to the district as he attended Groveport Madison Schools and Eastland Career Center. After high school, he attended Capital University where he received his degree in music education in 2014. After graduating from Capital University, he taught many music related classes such as beginning band, middle school band, high school band, jazz band, and music theory. He previously held the position as band director at Grove City Christian High School and most recently at Memorial High School. The 2023-24 school year will be his 10th year as a band director.

In addition to leading the marching band for Hamilton Township Schools, Robey will also teach middle school band, high school band, music theory, and music appreciation.

“I am looking forward to being a part of a great community and continuing the tradition of excellence that the band program is so well known for,” said Robey.

HLSD hires new treasurer
The Hamilton Local School District announced the hiring of its new treasurer, Brian Wilson, who will assume full responsibilities on Aug. 1.

“We are very excited to welcome Brian to our district – it is not often you get someone great taking the place of another excellent Treasurer,” said Hamilton Board of Education President Walley Obert.

“We are excited with Brian’s years of experience and we fully trust that he will keep the tradition of being fiscally responsible,” said Hamilton Board of Education Vice President James Dommer.

Wilson attended the University of Akron where he received his bachelor of science in business administration and finance, as well as his master of business administration in management. He received his certified public finance officer designation.

Wilson has held many roles as a treasurer and director of finance. Most recently, he was the treasurer and chief financial officer of Hilliard City School District. During his time there, he won the Association of School Business Officials Meritorious Budget Award for the district’s fiscal year of 2006 through fiscal year 2023budget documents.

“I’m excited to start my new role with Hamilton Local Schools,” said Wilson. “The district has a reputation as being managed in a fiscally responsible manner. I look forward to working with our administrative team and staff to continue this tradition.”

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