School's out forever
School's out for summer
School's out with fever
School's out completely
- Alice Cooper, "Schools Out"
MIAMI TWP., Ohio - A relic from 1926, Taylor High School still has blackboards - and revolving fans in the windows instead of air conditioning. Pipes hang outside the walls, the paint is peeling and the water from the fountains tastes terrible - when they work at all.
And that's not the worst of it, 9 On Your Side's Tony Mirones reported.
"Oh my god, the bathrooms!" one student howled.
The classrooms are, at least, nostalgic.
"I've always used chalkboards. I've never used a dry erase board," said social studies teacher Kevin Murphy.
But it's finally time to put the aged school building to rest when classes end Wednesday.
The Three Rivers School District is closing Taylor, its middle school and its two elementary schools for good and opening a big, brand new school building in the fall.
The four schools will be replaced by the Three Rivers Educational Campus, a $63-million, seven-acre facility under one roof at 50 Cooper Ave., off River Road near Route 128.
The district currently serves 1,833 students from Addyston, North Bend, Cleves and Miami Township.
The new state-of-the-art building will have separate wings housing Three Rivers Elementary (pre-kindergarten through sixth grade) and Taylor High School (seventh through 12th grade). It will have improved security, enhanced natural lighting, geothermal heating and cooling, and 21st -century technology.
"It will be a big change for us," said English teacher Andrea Moore.
"It's going to be different having all the grades in the same building," Murphy said. "I think next year is going to be a little chaotic for us, getting everything organized."
"I mean, my goodness, they say we're even turning on the lights with a computer," Moore said. "It's going to be a learning curve."
Especially for Murphy, who will have to learn to do without his chalkboard.
"They're classic, and to be honest with you, I'm going to miss them," Murphy said. "I'm not going to know what to do without my chalkboard."
The district is holding closing ceremonies for the old schools on Sunday, June 2, at:
1 p.m: Miami Heights Elementary, 7670 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati;
2 p.m: Charles T. Young Elementary, 401 N. Miami Ave, Cleves;
3 p.m: Three Rivers Middle School, 8575 Bridgetown Road, Cleves,
4 p.m: Taylor High School, 36 E. Harrison, North Bend.
A reception will follow the ceremony at Taylor. The ceremonies will honor the tradition and service of each school and its staff, the district said.
An opening ceremony at the new school will take place on Aug. 18 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Take a video tour of the new facility under construction at http://www.threeriversschools.org/NewBuildingNew.php