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Ironton City School District offers bricks, pavers from old school

The old Ironton High School may be gone for the most part, but with the help of some bricks and pavers, it will not soon be forgotten.

The Ironton City School District is offering pieces from the original school’s structure.

Bricks can be purchased with the words “Ironton High School, 1922- 2007.”

Pavers, which can be custom engraved, can also be purchased and will be placed in the Memorial Alley at the new high school.

“It’s a thing where people can do something in remembrance of something, a class or a friend,” Ironton Superintendent Dean Nance said. “Those bricks will be there forever.”

The old high school closed in 2007. A new structure is being built at the same location to replace it. The new school is scheduled to open in fall 2010.

So far several people have ordered some of bricks and pavers from the district’s web site.

Nance said many people who have toured the new school have also purchased some of the bricks.

People have purchased the pavers to dedicate to parents and grandparents. Former teachers of the school have had them engraved with the years that they taught, as well.

“There’s been lots of different things,” Nance said. As long as the people fill out the form and with the exception of inappropriate words, Nance said anything can be engraved on the pavers. The pavers will be sold until there is no more left in the alley.

“If you’re like myself, it’s very hard to think of Christmas presents,” Nance said. “It’s a neat present for people.”

The bricks and pavers will be sold at a slight profit. Proceeds from the sale will go towards athletics facilities.

In addition to the local tax levy, funds to build the school came from the Ohio Schools Facilities Commission, which stipulates that the money must be spent on an academic school, rather than athletics, Nance said.

“I don’t want to take general fund money that is earmarked for teachers pay and materials,” he said. “I just refuse to take that money and spend it (on athletics).”

The bricks are a way that people can remember the school and fund those athletics programs, Nance said.

Engraved bricks can be purchased for $50 each. Pavers are $100.

People can also purchase a brick and a paver together for the cost of $125.

Order forms can be accessed at the district’s web site, www.tigertown.com.