WINTERSVILLE – Two buildings at the local school in Indian Creek will be destroyed while another will gain new purpose on the Wintersville campus.
Deputy Superintendent John Belt said the Buchanan Building, which most recently housed Wintersville Elementary, and the former Indian Creek High School will begin demolition sometime next week.
“The Buchanan building is scheduled to begin next week and the demolition of the high school begins with the gymnasium on Monday. Hopefully they will be down by June,” Belt said.
Demolition is being done by Eslich Wrecking Company of Louisville, Ohio, and costs are included in the district’s school construction project for Cross Creek Elementary, the new Indian Creek High School, and renovations at Hills Elementary. Belt added that the sites will gain new use once the areas are cleared.
“The retention pond that controls stormwater runoff is currently half the size required by the EPA for the area,” he explained. “It will be enlarged and will go into the footprint of where the Buchanan building was.”
He added that part of the secondary school grounds will be replaced by a parking area while another 100 meters will become a grass activity field. In addition, the former music pavilion will be given a facelift and will become a sports annex. Hammond Construction, the company involved in the school building projects, is overseeing work on the 14-year-old structure and will provide space for wrestling and weightlifting.
“Renovations have already started from the old band building into a student sports center. It will be renovated to have showers. Half will be a wrestling room and the other half a weight room,” The belt continued.
New weightlifting equipment will be added including dumbbells and racks, multi-adjustable benches, half racks, platforms and glute/leg benches whose costs will be covered by donations and grants. ICHS football coach Joe Hammack said the funding will provide items to help athletes stay in shape.
“We received $50,000 from the Charles and Thelma Pugliese Foundation for a new weight room. There will also be a grass plyometrics room on the second floor of the building which will include a functional trainer,” Hammack noted.
The plyometrics room will be used for jump training to develop muscle power and improve physical performance.
Meanwhile, Belt said projects should be completed and the sports center will be ready to start when school starts.
“Everything is supposed to be finished before the students return in August, but it depends on the weather,” he concluded.