WASHINGTON COURT HOUSE, Ohio (WCMH) — On Sunday, the public took a first look at the new Miami Trace High School, almost four years since voters passed a bond issue to build it.
Teachers and students say the new high school is much needed because the old building is falling apart. The school held a public dedication ceremony Sunday and people packed the new auditorium to see what all the new building has to offer.
“I thought, first of all, that I would never see this day,” former Miami Trace High School principal Norma Kirby said. “We passed our bond issue back in May 2015, and it’s been a long time coming to have a new 21st-century environment for our students.”
Student Tori Evans will be in the first graduating class in the new school and said she is beyond excited.
“You walk into this school and you’re like a new person,” she said. “It makes you want to be better. Our old school was falling apart, so it’s awesome we have this new school.”
With the new building, Fayette County will be the first county school in the state to have complete consolidation with one high school in a rural area. The new building features new laboratories for science classes as well as special classroom walls that open and close, allowing staff to adjust the rooms as needed.
“All I could think [about] is all these opportunities these children have now,” Kirby said.
The first day of classes at the new school will be Feb. 20.