Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Our Kids Are Getting Better All The Time

 This week, the subject of this article will sway a little away from the building improvements a bit and focus on some good things that have been happening academically here in the Greenville City Schools.

Greenville Schools offers its students rigorous academic programming.  As a result, the district earned an Excellent rating from the Ohio Department of Education for the 2010-11 school years.   The hard work of students and staff has resulted in many success stories.  The Greenville High School AP Calculus students earned outstanding scores on the AP test they took in May.  With the instruction and guidance of GHS Math teacher, Mr. Bob Batty, 33 of 38 students who took the AP Calculus test passed, for an 87.9% passage rate.  This is the most students we have had attempt the AP Calculus test in several years and our GHS students more than exceeded the national average passage rate.  Five is the highest score a student can earn on the test, and 39.4% of our students earned a 5, with the national average being 21% of students earning a 5.  One third of our students earned a 4 on the test, with the national average being 16.4%. A passing score of 3 or higher can equate to college credit (usually 4 to 8 credit hours).

Next, the Greenville High School Computer Information Systems (CIS) program continues to provide compelling learning opportunities to students this school year.  While providing computer technical support in our schools is part of the CIS program, our district provides four unique paid internships to four CIS students under the direction and supervision of CIS teachers, Mr. Nathan Sharp and Mr. Robert Warner.  All CIS students have the opportunity to apply for an internship position, and following a thorough interview process conducted by Mr. Jon McGreevey, our district hired these students to perform computer technical work throughout the district for up to 10 hours per week.  These tech interns have set up computer labs, formatted computers, installed software, and installed new network cables just to name a few jobs.  They were also able to take part in SmartBoard training with staff members before school started.  Since then, they have been able to go to the classrooms and help teachers with the new SmartBoard technology that was installed in the Middle and Junior High Schools.   During the first teacher workday, a student intern was on hand at each of the buildings to provide another level of support for any staff member experiencing technology problems.  This real-world/hands-on experience was unique enough to get the attention of the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) as the CIS student internship program has been selected to participate in the 2011 Student Achievement Fair at the OSBA annual conference in November.

In addition to the CIS student internship program, students from our Greenville High School Engineering program also received the honor of being selected to participate in the Student Achievement Fair at the Ohio School Board Association annual conference in Columbus.  They will present their Gravitational Water Vortex Engineering project.  The GWVPP (Gravitational Water Vortex Power Plant) is a horizontal cousin of the hydroelectric dam. The benefits of using an artificially induced vortex above gravity- accelerated water both increase efficiency, decrease cost, and not only lower the negative impact on the environment, but actually increase the sustainability and health of the river as a whole. The ingenious invention was designed and developed by Franz Zotlöterer, an Austrian engineer, who saw the advantage of using this natural process.

            For the Engineering 12 class at Greenville High School, President Parker Cameron and teammates, Austin Lowder and Sam Jones, have chosen this topic as their capstone project. With instructor, Christopher Sykes, these students will prepare a written report, portfolio, a functioning model, time records, and a presentation to be used for various events. What makes this project different from previous projects is its ability to go further than the class itself. A potential goal for the student’s project is to inspire the state of Ohio, with many others following, to actually construct this potential alternative energy source.

            These students and instructors represent only a few of the outstanding programs that exist in Greenville Schools.  The goal of preparing our young people with viable 21st century tools for success is an academic programming priority that is being achieved.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Here is some new info on costs of the new school.

Here are some answers to some questions that have been asked by our readers through our blog email.  

First question is what is the total cost per square foot for the new building?  
$225.78 per square foot cost (fully furnished *this per square foot could be lower based on the project bidding*if lower, the additional dollars will be utilized in the needed HS renovation projects)

What is the total square footage of the building?
New building square footage:  254,778          Cost of New Building: $57,525,643 (State Share-$18,192,750)(Local Share-$39,332,893)

What will the total cost be for renovation of the high school?
$5,667,107 has been dedicated to completing HS renovations

Monday, September 12, 2011

Proposed Upgrades for the High School

Right now the plans for the existing High School include a number of refurbishments and refinements.  The money allocated by the State of Ohio School Facility Commission will be $5.6 million.  Any monies that are saved from cost coming in under projections on the new school may also be used for the high school.  

The  refurbishment of science labs is a large priority which will allow teachers to take advantage of new processes in all science areas.  Because technology changes almost daily the capability of the building to accept new technology will be increased including such things as "Smart Boards" and other computerized projects.

New green heating technology will also be included which should allow for better year round climate control in the building and bring the operating costs down.  Along with that, new energy efficient windows will be added to further enhance the operation of the complex.  

The size of the cafeteria will be enlarged thus allowing for more students to go to lunch at one time and decrease the length of the lunch period.  There will also be some cosmetic refinements to the interior and exterior of the building.  

As plans are finalized on these projects we will post them here.
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