A school building that has just over 153,000 sf under one roof can come with its challenges. The building planning, design and construction was successfully completed during an uncertain time with material choices and the availability of those materials forcing the project team to be creative and flexible. The new school is located on the same site as the high school, middle school building and athletic complexes. The high school opened in 2013 and, with the new building, all students are now on one campus.
“We are now blessed in Shelby to have all of our students on one campus for instruction, and we have made sweeping changes and upgrades to our athletic facilities, Superintendent Tim Tarvin said. “Parents, grandparents, as well as the entire community, have been outstanding partners, as together, we’ve learned new traffic patterns, bus routes, drop-off and pick-up routines and a variety of other changes brought about by our recent improvements.”
A waterway divides the site so the available space for the building and safe circulation was challenging. Through many iterations of the building design and even more circulation pattern studies, the outcome is something the Shelby community can be proud of for many generations. The project was a success and that had to do with the hard work, dedication and creativity of the school board, administration, staff and students along with the partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and Adena, the construction manager.
The Nov. 2, 2022, dedication ceremony was a great day for Shelby City Schools and the community that supported its mission.
"Fortunately, we were able to see this to fruition," Superintendent Tim Tarvin said in a Sept. 7, 2022, Mansfield News-Journal article. "It's exciting for our staff, our students and certainly our families."