Toledo Public Schools is making good on its promise to keep Scott High School a part of the fabric of the Old West End community as the century-old building undergoes a massive renovation project which will update the building's interior.
The $42 million project includes larger classrooms, energy efficient windows and updated technology, among other things.
Moving forward with the renovation didn TMt happen overnight. Jeff Nelson has lived in the Old West End for six years. He says the community came dangerously close to losing a piece of history. To me it would just be a crime to lose that building, not just architecturally but for what a fantastic atmosphere to be a student in, said Nelson. Two years ago he began campaigning with the group, Save Our Scott, which eventually passed a levy that matched the amount of money the state would put towards the renovation.
Knowing that construction crews are busy at work brings about a sense of relief for neighbors, many of whom have special connection to the school. It TMs a good feeling that they didn TMt want to close that one and rebuild it, said Aaron Stewart. Although he didn TMt go Scott he has childhood memories of attending athletic games, seeing the pride that they had in the school| my older brothers and sisters went there, you got that feeling of being a part of it.
Vice President of Toledo Public School board, Lisa Sobecki said allowing the public to see the work being done inside the school was important. Construction is scheduled to be complete at the end of 2011. The hope is that the building will be ready for students in January 2012.