Dedication held for Powhatan school

POWHATAN POINT The Switzerland of Ohio Local School District held the ribbon-cutting and cornerstone dedication for its new Powhatan Elementary School on Saturday.

The students have been in the school for nearly a month. The cornerstone ceremony was originally supposed to be held in December, but due to the weather conditions, the dedication was pushed back.

In attendance Saturday were Ohio House Rep. Jack Cera, along with members of the Mason Brotherhood from all across the state. The cornerstone was donated by Randall L. Gallagher Memorials, Inc., who has donated the cornerstones for the other schools in the district. The school also included a time capsule that held sport jerseys, news articles and a photo of the old Powhatan Elementary School that still stands in the middle of town.?It has been sold to a Powhatan Point revitalization committee.

“We are very pleased with the results,” said Switzerland of Ohio Local Schools Superintendent Larry Elliott at the dedication ceremony.

Some of the features of Powhatan Elementary School include a music room, a gym and an art room for all classes to use. There is also a science lab and a new library.

The school includes much lighting and carpet as requested by Principal Curtis Wisvari. The carpet, which are carpet squares and are easy to remove if need be, provides a sound barrier and makes the school a much quieter place.

Powhatan Elementary School is one of five schools that will be built by the school board. So far Beallsville was the first to be completed becoming a kindergarten through 12 grade school, Monroe Central High School and Woodsfield Elementary have also been completed as well.

River High School will be consolidated with Hannibal Elementary School and Sardis Elementary School. River has been under construction all school year with the addition of the elementary schools.

Switzerland also broke ground on Skyvue Elementary early this month.