Winton Woods City Schools held its first ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new 7-12 North Campus building on March 8. Students, parents, alumni, community, state and local leaders, and staff were all present to celebrate this exciting historic occasion. The event kicked off with a parade by the “best band in the land” - Winton Woods High School’s marching band, led by Ms. Dani Ashbrook. Before entering the socially distanced beautifully decorated high school gymnasium, guests were greeted with a specially designed mask that read, “Love our children, schools, and community.” Throughout the event, the Warrior Community was acknowledged for the imperative role they played in bringing these buildings to life through their continuous support over the years, and for passing the bond in 2016 that funded the new facilities.
Behind the scenes, there is always an amazing hard-working team. These buildings were a collaborative effort built by people with perseverance, and dedication said, Steve Denny. Executive Director of Business and Affairs.
In 2017, student representatives from grades 5-12 began the design process for the North and South campuses. Student voices were necessary. “Who better to help in the design process then the people these buildings will be serving,” said Mr. Denny at the groundbreaking ceremony in 2018. “The world is different than the one most of us were educated in”. The question is, how do we design school facilities for careers that don’t even exist yet? We believe that these buildings can prepare students for the future. We are committed to educating differently and providing the tools needed to help all of our children succeed.” Following these meetings, staff, community members and leaders joined the students for face to face conversations. to help with the design process.
For something this great, much time and devotion was needed. The district partnered with the incredible building firms Skanska Megen Construction Co. Inc, and architecture group SHP leading design, and its hundreds of workers and staff who dedicated their time and lives to design and build these new innovative project-based learning, student-inspired buildings that will make future global leaders and change the lives of future Warriors to come. “One of the things I was charged with as a high school principal was to make sure we reimagined teaching and learning,” said Winton Woods High School Principal Eric Martin. “We had to identify a learning process that would engage students and give them the tools to be future ready. We made that happen in the building that is a couple feet away from our original site.: the beautiful thing about today is we have a building that matches our instructional platform. We are a project-based learning district, and now have the facility to match. Our building was designed to amplify how we teach our students. This community has done something special.
The superintendent gave his state of the schools address at the end of the ceremony. “These buildings were an act of love from our community to our students,” said Superintendent Smith. “Your generosity and care are now tangible. You can see it because you are here. Thank you.” He spoke about the possibilities of a year-round educational system as well as a robust summer program. The superintendent also discussed the importance of passing the operational levy that will be on the May 4 ballot. “The operational levy funds will be directed to enhance the 5-star Preschool Village, increase safety measures with additional resource officers, provide quality staff to right size the increasing enrollment as well as restore busing for high school students.” Board members, business partners, community leaders, and supporters were just a few of the guests who made up the six flights of ribbon cutting ceremony. At the end of the event, building principals provided tours of the new facility to our guests. For all those who were unable to attend, the district will hold a North Campus open house on April 5 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The K-6 South Campus building is scheduled to open on time in August of 2021.
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods City Schools Superintendent Anthony G. Smith speaking at the grand opening of the 7-12 North Campus. Photo by Drew Jackson.