A beautiful and state-of-the-art building is in use in Mingo Junction, and taxpayers deserve a lot of the credit.
The new Indian Creek Middle School is officially open following Thursday night's ribbon-cutting ceremony, where it was only fitting that school board members, administrators, pupils and parents, as well as community members were on hand to see the product of a 4.95-mill bond levy passed in 2008.
The new building, which houses sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders has new computers, furniture and office equipment, as well as a new modern science and computer lab. There's also a cafetorium and a new gymnasium.
Area politicians were on hand, including state Sen. Lou Gentile, D-Steubenville, and state Rep. Jack Cera, D-Bellaire, to offer their congratulations to the board members and administrators, teachers and pupils. The two cited years of hard work by many local laborers that went into the new junior high building, and when that happens, it's always an economic bonus.
But we believe the taxpayers who supported the bond levy should be lauded.
In this day and age when less funding is available from the state board of education and when approval of school levies is hard to come by, the sparkling new Indian Creek Middle School is definitely something to be proud of.
And we agree with Cera, who said the work now lies with legislators to encourage the governor to propose funding that will help Ohio schools without having to seek a lot of money from taxpayers.
With appropriate funding, only then can our schools offer quality education.
We also commend the Indian Creek Local school board and Superintendent John Rocchi as well as other administrators, past and present, who followed through and made sure the building continued on schedule.
The result of this hard work and support has culminated in a new facility that can foster learning, not only through advanced technology labs and computers, but also by allowing the teachers and pupils at the school to feel comfortable in this environment. We truly hope the smiles on their faces and sparkle in their eyes continue well into the future.