New school campus promises modern learning environment

The Bryan City School District broke ground Thursday April 23, 2015 on a new project that would bring all students from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade together at one campus.
Part of a mock-up for the new middle school in the Bryan City School district.
Part of a mock-up for the new middle school in the Bryan City School district.

BRYAN, Ohio (WANE) Bryan City Schools in Ohio has broken ground on a new project that will bring all students within its system to one campus.

The groundbreaking ceremony held at 1350 Fountain Grove Drive on Thursday marks the beginning of the first phase of the project, which will merge the middle and high school students into one building, which will be about 150,000-square-feet in size. This phase of the project is expected to be complete in July of 2016.

This is the first step in the school system’s master plan to have its preschool through grade 12 students on one campus. The campus is designed to be a 21st-century learning environment that emphasizes openness, collaboration and project-based learning.  The new middle and high school will feature a courtyard for outdoor dining, small group assemblies and classroom instruction.  The campus is also designed to have an energy-efficient design incorporating natural lighting, which will help reduce the school’s utility costs.

The existing middle school will be renovated and become the new elementary, which is a part of the new campus, school for pre-kindergarteners through 5th grade. Renovations on the 120,000-square-foot elementary school will be completed sometime in June of 2017.

The district’s current buildings range in age from 30 to nearly 100-years-old. The total project costs more than $57 million.

The school system has also incorporated a special building construction camera that can be accessed at any time. A photo is taken every five minutes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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