CHAMPION, Ohio (WKBN) – The Champion Board of Education received final approval to buy 20.9 acres for a planned $31.3 million PK-8 school complex.
Monday night, it presented plans for the complex at the board meeting.
The vacant land behind Champion High School will be a state-of-the-art education complex by 2018. Kids going to the new elementary and middle school will find not only new equipment but a new style of learning.
It’s the first look at how Champion schools will update the way students learn in the district.
“The grade levels are broken down into houses and all of the houses have what we call ELA’s which are extended learning areas,” said architect Gary Balog from BSHM Architects.
The extended learning areas will allow more interactive learning. Teachers and kids will be able to move freely around the classrooms Balog described as pods or clusters, different than traditional school hallways.
“A teacher can step out of the room and if there’s activity going on out there each teacher can step out of their own classroom and see across that space. So there’s a lot of uniqueness about this design,” Balog said.
With 21st century technology and design also come a more secure and safe building.
“We pay a lot of attention to passive security. In other words, people being able to see what’s going on, limiting access to the building,” Balog said.
Superintendent Pamela Hood says the new complex is much needed since the district’s newest building is 100 years old.
“This whole building project is very exciting for the community as a whole. It’s the first time they’ve seen a building built here as far as a school building since the early days of 1915 when they consolidated and built the elementary school,” Hood said.
Under the plan, the current Champion Central Elementary as well as Champion Middle School will be demolished. They expect to break ground this summer and finish by August of 2018.