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ThisWeek News Column

The following column was submitted by Superintendent Andy Column and published by ThisWeek News on September 17, 2021.

The 2021-2022 school year marks the beginning of a physical transformation of Grandview Heights Schools. Our students, staff, and the community are realizing the benefit of our innovative, new learning spaces that enable us to elevate learning while honoring tradition.  We are also fortunate to begin the school year with in-person learning.  I am incredibly proud of our students and staff.  With safety protocols in place, they have embraced learning along with their return to sports, clubs, and extracurriculars. 

In what are still unusual times, our students are experiencing good times.  Back to School activities have been safe and successful.  Encouraging fitness and wellness in our community, the TRI THE HEIGHTS Youth Triathlon recently hosted 382 participants.  The Ox Roast, a beloved community tradition, returned for its100th year.  We have a calendar full of performing arts, marching band, and fall athletic events occuring on a daily basis. 

Last month we welcomed the community to explore the new Larson Middle School.  The event was a success! The Saturday open house provided an opportunity for the Grandview Heights Schools community to take a peek into the collaborative classrooms and spaces, modern science labs, and cutting-edge gym, art, and music rooms created to elevate education for generations of Grandview Heights Schools students to come. 

The new Larson Middle School’s programming is truly designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s learners today.  The curriculum is flexible and collaborative in order to provide personalized learning and engaging instruction for our students along with seamless access to technology and state-of-the-art science labs.

Efficiency is at the heart of the building design and construction.  The building has improved HVAC and plumbing in addition to a shared kitchen space for the high school and middle school. Elevators and the hallways are in alignment with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, allowing students, staff, and community members of all physical abilities access. We are also incredibly proud of our commons area, a multi-faceted space that serves both the schools and greater community, is built to accommodate students for lunch, study hall, club meetings, sporting and community events, and so much more.

We have excitedly entered Phase 2 of our construction project. The renovation of the high school is underway!  Our high school students are presently attending classes in the new middle school on a temporary basis during the renovation. We are on time, on budget, and on quality for our project.  Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed by winter break 2022-2023. 

Throughout the transformation of our district buildings, we have been vigilant in staying true to our goal: “Honoring Tradition. Building Excellence.” We are excited to share in the excitement with all of the individuals responsible for making Grandview Heights Schools a success – our students, staff, families, and residents.  It’s going to be a great year!