JACKSON CENTER — Students at Jackson Center Local School head back to school Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016.
Several new faces will great the students: new fourth through sixth grade social studies teacher Jay Liles, new K-12 technology teacher Corinne Metzger, and new elementary special education teacher Mariah Hoge.
Liles will be coming on board full time after completing his student teaching at Jackson Center last spring. He also helped out with a few baseball teams over the summer. Liles resides in Wapakoneta with this wife and three children.
Metzger is coming to the school after teaching int he Lima City Schools district. She lives between Wapakoneta and Jackson Center with her husband and four children. She was a license to teach technology to all ages and will help lead the transition to the Google platform throughout the school.
Over the summer, the 2003 addition of the school was re-painted and there have been many improvements to the locker rooms and hallway next to the big gym, according to Superintendent Bill Reichert.
In addition, he said, construction of the new school is well underway. The walls are up many areas, the underground electric and plumbing has been run and many of the floors are complete.
As far as curriculum goes, music technology II has been added, as well as new classes in the life skills and business agriculture departments. They have also made some changes in the middle school language arts.
There will be an back-to-school open house on Monday, Aug. 15 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
“The 2015-16 school year will be hard to top,” Reichert said. “The athletic and academic accomplishments of our students last year has set the bar very high so our focus will be to try and stay on pace while at the same time prepare for moving into our new school. That change by itself will bring a whole new set of challenges and accomplishments.”