By Mike Perleberg
The Three Rivers Educational Campus was dedicated on Sunday, August 18.
Mike Perleberg-Eagle 99.3
(Cleves, Oh.) – Hundreds of people came out to get an early look at and celebrate the ribbon cutting of a brand new school in Cleves Sunday.
Students, school administrators, and local dignitaries used the type of scissors you might find in an art classroom to cut the yellow ribbon on the new Three Rivers Educational Campus. The cutting followed a series of speeches and playing of the Taylor High School fight song.
The sprawling building on Cooper Avenue will house kindergarteners through high school seniors when it opens to students Monday, September 9. The Three Rivers Local Schools district is closing its four old schools in moving all students under one roof covering three stories and 118,000 square feet.
Three Rivers Superintendent Rhonda Bohannon credited the school board and local state legislators for helping garner 50 percent state funding for the $63 million school. She also thanked citizens for passing a levy to fund the rest of the construction.
“The pride I feel today is that now we have a facility that matches what we who have lived here for generations have known for a long time,” said school board president Al Bayes. “That the Three Rivers community is a great place to raise a family and Three Rivers Schools is a great place to build for the future.”
Present for the 2011 groundbreaking of the project, State Senator Bill Seitz (R-Green Township) was impressed with the facility.
“This is the first time I’ve been here since that first shovel full of dirt and I was amazed when I drove up Cooper Avenue here this afternoon. They’ve done everything right,” he said.
Keeping the Three Rivers Local Schools history alive was apparent in both the naming and some displays in the school. The west wing housing 7th through 12th grades will be called Taylor High School. The east wing for kindergarteners through 6th grade is Three Rivers Elementary. The central offices bare the name Meredith Hitchens Administration Center, a reference to one of the closing elementary schools. A wall along the main entrance hallway features pictures and plaques from the old school buildings.
School spirit and new technology is abound in the brand new building. Murals featuring the Taylor High School Yellowjacket mascot are seen in the main entrance and gymnasium. About a dozen computer labs are located in both wings of the building and many classrooms feature high definition projectors.
The halls, rooms and offices will be heated and cooled with a state of the art geothermal system. Ample natural lighting will also help reduce the school’s electric bill.
You can see a video of Sunday's ribbon cuttingto the right. Photos from the open house are below.