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N. Hamilton area benefits from school improvements

Three schools in North Hamilton County will benefit from construction projects proposed by Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger. The Hamilton County Commission indicated last week that its top four priorities are a replacement for Ganns Middle Valley and Falling Water elementaries and additions at Sale Creek Middle-High School, Wolftever Creek Elementary and Nolan Elementary.

“We feel as though we’ve got really good kids and teachers and we’re excited about having our facility approved so we can excel at what we do,” said Tobin Davidson, principal of Sale Creek. “I’m very thankful and grateful for the commissioners and school board members who have allowed this to happen.”

He said that the school’s restroom facilities are inadequate for the 565 students the school serves and the portable classrooms currently in use make it hard to maximize the students’ security and safety.

“Obviously we are very excited and encouraged to see them move forward with this building,” said Ganns Middle-Valley principal Allyson Steelman DeYoung of the combined facility that will house students from Ganns Middle Valley and Falling Water elementaries.

She said it is an exciting prospect to merge the two aging schools, with the current building at Ganns Middle Valley now in its 77th year and Falling Water in its 102nd.

“There are many needs in the county, and I’m sorry for the other schools who didn’t make it onto the list this time,” said Steelman DeYoung.

She said the new facility will help resolve the school’s multiple issues, including housing 200 students in portable classrooms.