Last updated: January 13. 2014 10:58PM - 430 Views
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Hustead Elementary School will close at the end of the 2013-2014 school year as the district consolidates to three buildings. Greenon Local Schools photo
Hustead Elementary School will close at the end of the 2013-2014 school year as the district consolidates to three buildings. Greenon Local Schools photo
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ENON — Greenon community members have until Friday to give their opinions regarding the renaming of the district school buildings.

With the closing of Hustead Elementary School slated for the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Enon Elementary will house preschool through first grade, Indian Valley Middle School will hold second through sixth grade and the board of education office, and grades 7-12 will attend Greenon High School beginning in 2014-2015.

Greenon Local Schools officials have discussed the possibility of renaming the three consolidated buildings to Greenon and using the Knights mascot for each school. A community survey regarding the building names will be available on the district website through Jan. 17.

“We hope that all of our residents will take a few minutes to fill out the survey on our website or stop in our board office to fill out a paper copy,” said Superintendent Dan Bennett. “The Board of Education wants this survey to capture the community’s opinions on our building names and mascots accurately so that they can make the best decision for our district.”

The survey asks whether all school names and mascots should remain the same; remain the same but all schools should adopt the Knights mascot; or should be changed to Greenon Primary School Knights, Greenon Elementary School Knights and Greenon Junior/Senior High School Knights.

As of Monday afternoon, the survey had nearly 250 responses.

“The majority of those responding have been parents, about 48 percent, but we’ve also gotten a good response from employees, students and alumni,” said district Communications Coordinator Megan Anthony. “After the Jan. 17 deadline, we’ll compile all the data and submit it to the board at their Feb. 20 meeting. They’ll use it to decide what they would like to do.”

This is just one of the major decisions school leaders have had to make since announcing the consolidation, which will save the district an estimated $275,000 a year. After deciding which buildings would house each grade level, the district began looking at transportation. One option is to change from a 3-tier to a 2-tier bus schedule.

The start and dismissal will be about 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the high school and junior high and roughly 8:20 or 8:30 a.m. to 3:20 or 3:30 p.m. for the Enon and Indian Valley buildings.

“We are working with our routing company to look at ridership projections and scenarios to determine exact starting times but we anticipate that school will begin and end earlier for each building, which is something that a lot of parents have told us they would like to see,” Anthony said.

After Hustead closes, moving will take place over the summer with assistance from the Ohio National Guard. District administrators are still working with a committee of staff and community representatives to pursue options for the future of the Hustead school building.

Community members wishing to participate in the online survey are encouraged to visit Greenon Local School District website at www.greenon.k12.oh.us. For residents who do not have access to the website, a paper copy of the survey is available at the board of education office, located inside Indian Valley Middle School, 500 Enon Xenia Road.

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