ZOARVILLE ‒ A public grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Tuscarawas Valley Middle-High School will be at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31 at the school, 2629 Tusky Valley Road NE, Zoarville.
A reception and open house will immediately follow. All incoming students in grades seven to 12 and their families are encouraged to attend, as the event will serve as the official open house and orientation.
“The Tusky Valley dream of all students on one campus is coming true, and we look forward to welcoming our students, families and community into their new school,” said Superintendent Derek Varansky.
“The new middle-high school will allow us to continue offering premier educational experiences for all students in safe, comfortable environments. The facility has been designed to enhance current academic programming, and implement new classes, to provide each student with the knowledge and skills necessary for life. Athletic and fine art environments are of the highest quality, and the entire facility is beautifully designed for our students, staff and community to enjoy for generations to come.”
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The approximate 115,000-square-foot building has well-lit classrooms, standard safety and security features, comprehensive fire suppression and surveillance systems and is ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility. All learning environments are designed for maximum flexibility for space and seating and are outfitted with interactive technology and sound enhancement systems. The building includes full HVAC for year-round temperature control.
A set of gathering stairs, positioned in the center of the academic wing under expansive skylights, provides students with a space to study, meet with friends and conduct school meetings. A spacious dining area, competitive gymnasium designed to seat 1,200 spectators and a state-of-the-art auditorium with 504 seats complete the new school.
The $53 million project was made possible with utility tax revenue from the Rover Pipeline, a partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission with a 39% state share, and contributions from donors such as the Kimble Foundation, Reeves Foundation, Eleet Cryogenics and the Sears family, Mike and Franscene Davis and numerous others.