2009-08-29 / Front Page

Brand New Day

New Pleasantville Elementary greets students
by Scott Rawdon

PLEASANTVILLE - It's almost expected that young children are less than enthused about returning to school after a long summer break-not so at the brand new Pleasantville Elementary School. Children were all smiles Tuesday morning for their first day of classes as they got to know the huge new structure, which took 18 months to build and includes a new computer lab. Principal Rebecca Parrott said the staff is still getting used to finding everything, let alone the students.

Fairfield Union Local School District Superintendent Jim Herd s a id the new 55,000 square feet school cost approximately $8 million and is just one of many changes for the Fairfield Union District. "It's been a busy couple of years," he said. Improvements include a new Bremen Elementary School, a new Pleasantville Middle School is under construction and a new Pleasantville High School opened its doors Tuesday as well. Pleasantville junior high students moved to the former elementary building until the new junior high school is complete.

Herd said there are also improvements to the district's vocational agriculture building and the district is working with ODOT and the Ohio School Facilities Commission to widen SR 22, which Herd urges motorists to avoid in Pleasantville Village while construction continues.

In all, Herd said there are roughly $70 million and 325,000 square feet in improvements happening within the district, which he expects to be complete 2011. He said he appreciated the support of the district's voters, who allowed it to happen. Photos by Scott Rawdon

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