It is an exciting time to be a Warrior! On August 10, Winton Woods City Schools celebrated the opening of its second newly built campus, Winton Woods South Campus, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Warrior community, partners, staff, students, community leaders, and members were present to join in the historic occasion. “Your support made this possible,” said Superintendent Anthony G. Smith to the crowd. “We are excited to begin this new journey. Thank you for loving our students, teachers, and community.” For the first time in Warrior history, both the North Campus, which opened in March of 2021, and the South Campus will be open for the new school year. The South Campus will serve students in first to sixth grade.
The event kicked off with attendees getting a glimpse of one of the many innovative building features. A gymnasium that opened to the outside revealing an amphitheater and the Winton Woods High School marching band and future warrior musicians’ for their performance. Speakers shared their excitement about the facility and the opportunities it will bring. “Education is an important part of our life,” said Congressman Steve Chabot. “When you think about what you are going to do with your life, your education is so important in attaining that. I am so glad they have a school like this that they can come to.” It is true, students played a major role in the building design process with inspiration from the New Tech Network learning model. In 2016, students from Grades 5-12 began to meet with Winton Woods staff and community members for vision meetings to create what are now the North and South campuses.
“It’s like a dream come true,” said Executive Director of Business Affairs Steve Denny who spearheaded and was a part of 131 meetings for the project. During the design process, the district was intentional to include the former schools that represented the community. “Our community is very important to us. There is a lot of honoring and homage being paid to the former schools that used to serve the students and families that lived in this community,” said Denny. The building is divided into three sections: ‘The Hills’, ‘The Lake’, and ‘The Woods’. Inside those sections are spaces like Lakeside Lane, Beachwoods Boulevard, and Cameron Park Court that are named after the previous grade schools. “We are very thankful to four firms that made our construction and design teams who made this possible,” said Denny. The district partnered with Motz Engineer, SHP, Skanska construction, and Megen construction. The Grades 1-6 campus is the first grade school building in the state of Ohio to be designed for the New Tech Network learning model including project and problem-based learning. This rich academic experience gives students increased opportunities to be positive contributors, creative innovators, and strong leaders in our community and world. Superintendent Anthony G. Smith gave his state of the schools address where he talked about COVID-19 safety protocols for the school year, the new building as it relates to a multitiered facility that will enhance opportunities, and the future of Winton Woods City Schools. The evening concluded with six flights of ribbon cutting and tours of the new South Campus.
PHOTO CAPTION: Winton Woods High School band, color guard, and future Warrior musicians performing at the South Campus opening day ribbon-cutting ceremony. Photo by Drew Jackson.