CLAYTON — Northmont City Schools will hold a public dedication ceremony of the new Northmont High School on Sunday, January 10 at 2 p.m.
The building is located at 4916 W. National Road in Clayton and will be open to the public for tours immediately following the ceremony and ribbon cutting. Several student performance groups will be present to showcase the multiple programs that Northmont offers.
“The public is invited and encouraged to attend this historic dedication,” said Superintendent Dr. Sarah Zatik.
The building was constructed in partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
The schedule events will begin with a Flag Raising/Presentation of Colors by the Northmont JROTC supervised by Lt. Colonel Ken Knotts. The National Anthem will be performed by the Northmont High School band under the direction of Mr. Andrew Brough followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Student Board Representative Samantha Johnson.
Board of Education President Linda Blum will welcome guests followed by Superintendent Zatik, who will deliver the opening remarks and introduction of speakers.
Speakers will include:
• Mike Eckley, Shook-Touchstone construction
• David Chovan, Ohio Facilities Construction Commission
• Mike Ruetschle, Ruetschle Architects
• Peggy Lehner, Ohio Senate
• Debbie Lieberman, Montgomery County Commission
• Thomas Walker, Northmont Board member/Facility Committee
• Proclamation by Lisa Hayes, Southwest Regional Liaison, Office of Lt. Governor Mary Taylor
• Presentation of an American Flag flown over the Ohio State House by the Honorable Michael Henne, Ohio House of Representatives
• Permanent Art presentation by Willis “Bing” Davis
• Time Capsule by Principal George Caras & Samantha Johnson
• Ribbon cutting/closing remarks by Dr. Sarah Zatik, superintendent
Refreshments – Please no refreshments on carpeted areas.
Performances by students (performance schedules will be posted) will be taking place throughout the building, including:
• Northmont Orchestra String Quartet – Directed by Ryan Chatterton
• Northmont Jazz Band – Directed by Andrew Brough
• Northmont Drama Club – Directed by Mark Barnhill
• Encore – Directed by Mr. Mark Barnhill
• Catalyst – Directed by Ryan Chatterton, Erin Hunkemoeller, and Anna
• Northmont JROTC – Directed by Lt. Col. Kenneth Knotts
The High School serves students from grades 9-12. Classes are offered in all core subjects, as well as Fine Arts, Marketing, STEM, Manufacturing Technology, and other engaging electives. Students are also able to take Advanced Placement (AP) or College Credit Plus classes with the goal to leave Northmont High School career or college ready.
The building has been constructed to be a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Building (LEED) with an anticipated silver certification. The district will benefit from the lowered energy cost, better indoor air quality, and more natural lighting.
Safety of students is a major component with all exterior doors being locked during the day. There are 187 cameras located inside and outside of the building. Visitors to the building must be buzzed in through the main office and must sign in at that time.
The High School has approximately one mile of corridors and hallways and ‘Thunderbolt Way’ is nearly the length of two football fields. The walking track surrounding the Thunderdome basketball facility is 1/9 of a mile in length and the Thunderdome will provide seating for three times the number of spectators compared to the gym in the old building.
There are 3586 rammed aggregate piers under the building to overcome the unsuitable soils and to support the foundation. The building is tech ready with 102.275 miles of computer wires.