New school is officially open

The new Circle High School in Towanda was officially opened Friday evening with a ribbon cutting ceremony.  The evening was a culmination of several years’ efforts.
Voters approved the $37.12 million bond issue in 2013, which in addition replaced the former high school built in 1962, the expansion of Oil Hill Elementary, and improvements to other schools in the district.  The bond issue helped finance heating and cooling upgrades to the gyms at Benton Elementary and Towanda Intermediate.
The old building’s familiar dome roof is gone, but a circular amphitheater sets in the middle of the school campus and will function as a courtyard and meeting place.“Welcome to a special, historic celebration,” USD 375 Superintendent Jim Johnson stated to the crowd. “The former high school was over 50 years old.  It was a little tired and showing it. It served us well.”
Johnson complimented all who helped with the project and explained the importance of community outreach with such a project.
“We also have many employees who helped accomplish this and a special thanks to Michael Janzen, who helped oversee the project,” he said.
 The new school was built just south of the former facility.  Johnson also advised that some additional landscaping will be added to the campus.
Those attending the ribbon cutting ceremony enjoyed a first look at the new Circle High School.

(See more photos of the ceremony in our photo gallery)
Belinda Larsen can be reached at blarsen@butlercountytimesgazette.com. Twitter: @Belinda_Larsen