ANTWERP – A new multi-purpose modern learning space for Antwerp will soon open.
At a board meeting on Tuesday night, the head of Antwerp’s local schools, Martin Miller, said the grand opening of the Center for Innovation and Aquaponics is scheduled for late April or early May.
The Center was established in August 2021 as a way to gain a deeper understanding of learning, communication ideas, problem solving and to provide Antwerp students with a hub for STEM and STEAM initiatives.
Miller said: “Construction (facility) is nearing completion and furniture will arrive in the next couple of weeks.”
How Crescent-News As reported on August 26, 2021, the center will have four main functions: a laboratory of discoveries for primary school students to get their hands on experiments; a cool lab for middle and high school students to experiment with robots, 3D printing and virtual reality; a media lab where students can develop audio-visual skills and photography; and the Aquaponics Laboratory, where students can learn about food production through aquaculture and hydroponics.
Miller also said: “Elise Boyer (Director of Curriculum Integration and Technology / Innovation) has written and received a $ 5,000 grant from the Ohio STEM Learning Network to purchase 3D printers for the (center).”
The facility is paid for by revenues from wind energy payments, state lottery funds and savings from the district’s solar panels. The architect was Garmann Miller & Associates, Minster, and the general contractor was Mel Lanzer Construction, Napoleon.
Primary school principal Tracy Stokes commended the PTO for sponsoring and supporting a program of positive behavior and support in bowling for students. She also reported that the DARE officer is scheduled to work with fifth graders for the entire week.
Stokes reminded the board that registration and examination at next year’s kindergarten will take place from March 31 to April 1 and April 4. She said: “A large group of preschoolers will move to kindergarten in the 2022-23 school year.”
High school present The sound of music March 18-20 said High School / High School principal Travis Lytchi. He also thanked students, staff and the community for raising $ 9,000 for a local family who lost their home due to the fire.
In other cases the advice:
• approved additional contracts for 2021-2022: John Rabard, assistant coach of softball; Paul Cottrell, assistant baseball coach; Josh Paulson, assistant baseball coach; Derek Smallley, a junior university in baseball.
• Approved Dan Lehmann as a $ 22 / hour summer school teacher.
• approved the purchase of one bus for 84 passengers from Cardinal Bus Sales for $ 110,819.00.
• Approved Robert Phillips as a replacement bus driver from February 10, 2022.