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New MCHS Impresses at Open House
Written by Darin Brown, General Manager   
Wednesday, November 07, 2012 2:24 PM

A moment that has been anticipated for nearly two decades finally took place in front of a large crowd on Sunday, Nov. 4. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new Monroe Central High School building in Woodsfield to officially open the new structure to the public. Also held was the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Woodsfield Elementary.

Festivities began in the WES gymnasium which was nearly filled to capacity by those desiring to tour the new school buildings. Attending the official ceremony were Switzerland of Ohio School District administration and board members. Also taking part was Ohio Senator Lou Gentile.

Superintendent Larry Elliott spoke to the crowd first. “I’m so happy that this day is here,” he said. Elliott related a story about how different it was not that long ago. After choosing the site, he decided to take a tour of the property. He said he had to walk through thick brush and brambles just to look around. Now sitting on that land, which was donated to the district by the village of Woodsfield, are two brand-new school buildings.

Speaking next was WES principal Clint Abbott. Abbott observed that he had saw in the crowd former students, friends, family members and even mentors. “It lets me know how much this means to all people of all ages,” Abbott said of the large turn-out.

MCHS principal Jerry Calder echoed Abbott’s sentiments. “When I look around here, I see a lot of friends of education,” Calder said. Calder spoke to the improved education students will get with the new school. “Our staff is a great staff, and now we have a building that will help them do their jobs even better.” Calder also pointed out to the crowd that many of the extras in the Monroe Central gym came from the efforts of the Monroe Central Action Committee to gather community donations. 


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