PIQUA — That brand-new smell was in the air at the Piqua Central Intermediate building on Sunday, with the commons room filled with members of the community in dedication to the nearly completed building project.
Guest speakers at the dedication included Superintendent Rick Hanes, Business Coordinator and building project manager Curt South, President of the Board of Education Lori Webster, Piqua Central Intermediate Principal Jake Amlin, among other participants in creation of the school.
The planning and research for the building project began before Nov. 8, 2011, when the community voted to pass the project. The new buildings, Springcreek Primary, Washington Primary, and Piqua Central Intermediate, are all to be in active use when the upcoming school year begins.
“We have watched the progress for nearly four years, eagerly awaiting this day,” Hanes said. “Students are a reminder of what this is about.”
When Amlin was hired as a principal in the Piqua City Schools district several years ago, he always knew the potential of the building becoming a reality.
“After spending four years on this building, it’s tempting to say ‘This is my building,’” Amlin said to the community. “I’m telling you today, don’t let anyone tell you any different. This is your building. I want you to come in here knowing that this is your place.”
Piqua Central Intermediate band students performed at the dedication, and the ceremony concluded with a ribbon cutting, the act fulfilled by the new PCIS students, community, and staff members who have contributed to the making of the building.
The school was opened to the public to tour following the ceremony. Many tested out the new furniture in the media area on each floor, observed the classrooms and technology, and tried the motion-detecter faucets in the restrooms.
Keegan Bates, who will be a fourth grader at the new school, shared his thoughts on the building.
“It’s a little bit like a maze, but I can get used to it,” he said, and stated that the gym room was the “coolest part” of the building.
Bates’ mother, Brandi Vogler, showed excitement for the future of her son.
“(The building is) amazing. I’ve been in Piqua City Schools all of my life. It’s pretty cool to see my son experience it,” she said.