New Fayette school praised by speakers 8.20

Written by David Green.

Fayette area residents have watched their new school arise since ground was broken two years ago, but board of education president Paula Schaffner has a different perspective.

“It’s the culmination of six years of hard work,” she told a large crowd Sunday at the school’s dedication ceremony.

“The small community of Fayette pulled together to create a new school,” she said. “It’s the most technologically advanced school in the area.”

Today marks the beginning of this beautiful building, Schaffner said.

Board vice-president David Brinegar backed up those words, calling the day “a historic moment that will effect the community for many years to come.”

Superintendent of Schools Russell Griggs praised the financial and technical assistance from the Ohio School Facilities Commission—the state agency in charge of using funds from the tobacco lawsuit settled to construct new schools in Ohio.

The OSFC paid $13.6 million of the $18.2 million cost. The building wouldn’t exist without the agency’s assistance, he noted.

“It’s been a positive experience and because of their involvement, we have a fine new school,” Griggs said.

Several members of the audience were introduced, including an OSFC delegate and representatives from the Buehrer Group architectural firm. Three former school board members were also also recognized: Terry Kovar, Fred Stockburger and Kelly Bentley.

Guest speaker State Rep. Bruce Goodwin said he could have reduced his speech to one word: “Wow!” He enjoyed touring the building and watching the pride that showed in the faces of those involved in the project.

“The building is here because of the commitment made by district residents,” he said. “Without the community’s support, students wouldn’t be able to move forward.”

Goodwin reminded the audience that it’s never all about bricks and mortar. The learning that goes on in the classroom is of utmost importance, he said, but the new facilities will play a role in experience.

Every time students arrive for school, they will be uplifted when they enter the building, Goodwin said

Goodwin hinted that some excellent news will soon be released concerning the district’s academic standing through the state department of education.

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