By Linda Dillman
Canal Winchester High School students will encounter a new library when they return from the winter holiday break.
During the Nov. 18 Canal Winchester Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jim Sotlar reported on construction progress at the high school, including the library and an auxiliary gym, which will serve as a holding area until the rest of the building is done in 2020.
“By Christmas break, we’ll have access to the media center and open it to students in January 2020,” said Sotlar, before adding that the former library space will then close in preparation to be turned into office space.
“The big work this summer will be in the center of the building,” said Sotlar. “A lot of work will be done this summer. That’s why we’re starting school later next year.”
Carpeting and tile are in place in the new media center and, once other projects are completed, a new entrance to the center will be constructed during the summer break.
Flooring in the auxiliary gym should be in place later this week. Sotlar likened the wood pattern to one in place in the old Boston Garden. Above-ceiling work continues in the art wing during the night when students are not in school.
“We’re looking good for Aug. 20,” said Sotlar. “It’s going to be well worth it.”
Other CW Schools news
•Ohio School Board Association representative and former Canal Winchester superintendent Dr. Kim Miller-Smith lauded board member Mike Yonnotti for his decade of service on the board.
“We’re recognizing the long-standing service of Mike Yonnotti with a 10-year Milestone Certificate,” said Miller-Smith speaking on behalf of the association. “Thank you for all you’ve done for the board, the schools and the community.”
•The board approved the 2020-21 calendar with an Aug. 25 start date for all staff and an Aug. 31 first day of school for students.
•Donations totaling $3,700 from the Brockstrong Foundation were accepted for the Indian Trail and Winchester Trail Elementary Schools, along with $600 from COSI Columbus to the CW Steel Band, $973 to the high school boys basketball program from Vinton County National Bank, $600 to the Indian Trail media center from TS Trim and a $200 donation from Dennis Duckworth to the girl’s tennis team.