There was a sea of people outside of the new Port Clinton Middle School on Wednesday, Oct.24.
Students and parents awaited the first chance to see the inside of their new school. Cheers from the students were heard when Mr. Pat Adkins, Superintendent of Schools, was hoisted above the crowd on a scissor lift to ask students, "Are you ready to see the coolest school building in all of Ohio?" The students cheered. "Are you ready to see the most technologically focused new school building?".
Shortly after the revved up students and their parents entered the state-of -the-art school building, teachers and district staff were clapping and cheering as they entered. Webcast and photo albums are available at
www.pccsd.net under News.
The new school building is designed especially for middle school education
with classrooms grouped by fleets or grade levels. There are 15 full size
classrooms and three science classrooms with larger spaces dedicated forlife skills, modular technology & production labs, band, choir, and art. Walls of the classrooms can be opened to create large learning spaces for interdisciplinary lessons. Technology is evident with wi-fi throughout the building, dual touch Smart Boards in every classroom and a media center with expansive windows to enhance availability of natural light. Inside the main entrance is a large commons area with rear projection screen message board.
Energy efficiency is a primary focus of the new school as Port Clinton
Middle School has received the "Designed to Earn the Energy Star" designation from the U.S. EPA and is on track to receive at least LEED
Silver Certification. Natural light is brought into almost every space, including the gymnasium, with the use of skylights. The high efficiency HVAC
system with chilled beam technology is designed to save energy and money.
In addition, automatic occupancy and day lighting harvesting sensors adjust lighting levels as needed to reduce energy usage.
"Everyone had a great first day of school in the new building", Mr. Adkins
reported. The community is invited to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
and Community Open House on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon.
Adkins continued "Our community believed so much in what we do, they
supported these new school buildings. We are very grateful and can't wait
for them to see the new Port Clinton Middle School."