First tour of IHS set for Saturday

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 29, 2005

Ironton School officials want the community to see for themselves the condition of Ironton High School.

The first of three open houses at Ironton High School is scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

The open houses are meant to give the public an opportunity to see and judge for themselves the condition of the interior of the school, everything from the size and condition of classrooms to the condition and adequacy of the heating and ventilation system of the 80-plus year old structure.

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"We encourage anyone who has any questions about the high school to come and see it on Saturday," Ironton City Schools Superintendent Dean Nance said.

"The tour will show both the good and the bad, all the places that are in need of repair," Nance said. "We're going to show them everything."

Nance said while the tour will include specific areas of the building, those who ask to see other parts of the building will be allowed to do so. School officials will answer questions at the end of the tour of the facility.

The second open house is scheduled for 1-2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 27 and the third open house will be 10a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 8.

The Tuesday showing will allow those who attend to see what the building looks like when it is filled with students and staff.

The open houses are in anticipation of the November election. Schools officials are asking city voters to approve an $18 million bond issue and levy to help pay for new schools.

The local monies will be matched with $30.28 million from the state, for a total cost of $48.28 million. This money will be used to build a new elementary school, new middle school and a new high school.