Community celebrates opening of North Ridgeville’s school of the future

Visitors line up to get the first look at the new North Ridgeville Academic Center.


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – A standing-room only crowd celebrated the opening of the new Academic Center last Monday evening.

The North Ridgeville High School band and cheerleaders warmed up the group of more than 2,000 prior to addresses from school and city leaders. The bright colors and lighting in the cafetorium provided a great backdrop to the excitement and happiness felt by those in attendance.

“What an exciting time for North Ridgeville City Schools and the city, itself,” Mayor G. David Gillock said. “You will be in awe as you tour the center. The schools are the backbone of our community and this city now has even more to be proud of.”

Superintendent Dr. James Powell also addressed with crowd.

“The focus is enhanced opportunity for our students,” Powell said. “This is a world-class facility for world-class learning.”

Speakers expressed appreciation to elected officials, school board members, civic groups, teachers, volunteers, and the North Ridgeville residents.

School board President Kelly McCarthy closed with a message of excitement and gratitude.

“To say this is an exciting time for the school district is an understatement,” McCarthy said. “I feel so lucky to live in a community that is giving this opportunity to students. This journey will shape the future of generations to come.”

School and city leaders cut the ribbon for the facility, which will be for students in the third through eighth grades. The Lions Club and food service staff served popcorn, hot dogs and drinks, adding to the celebratory feel.

Following the ceremony, students and parents filled the halls and stairways. The building features learning studio classrooms, which are different than the standard desks and chalkboards most have used in the past. This allows students to work together and supports customized teaching styles and learning methods.

“I found the new building to be exciting and very well laid out,” parent Terry Banks said. “The concept looks great and the team teaching capabilities will be tremendous. It will be great to see the kids learning in those environments.”

“Take a look around,” parent Katie Cassetto said. “It is state of the art. It is comparable to a mini-college campus. I am so proud of it. I am thrilled that all of my children will be attending school in North Ridgeville. We are finally competitive. Everyone should be proud.”

Another parent, Diane Wilkinson-Ennis, said that as a student who attended Wilcox Elementary, the middle school and high school, she was happy that her youngest gets to experience this new school and its amenities, especially the Chromebook and desk on wheels.

“I felt like a little kid all over again walking around in there.” Wilkinson-Ennis said. “I was getting excited that the new school year is about to begin. I want to go to school there!”

The new facility will house students in the third through eighth grades. It is located at 34620 Bainbridge Road and classes begin there on Sept. 6.



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