Renovated middle schools open their doors
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District is celebrating the reopening of Monticello and Roxboro middle schools with community open houses. Monticello Middle School will be open on Sunday, Sept. 15, and Roxboro Middle School will welcome visitors on Sunday, Sept. 22, both from 1 to 4 p.m.
All families, students, staff, community members and friends are invited to enjoy self-guided tours, musical entertainment provided by students, a resource fair featuring school and community partners, giveaways, and light refreshments.
The buildings each received an approximately $15-million renovation from 2017 to 2019. During that time, CH-UH students in grades 6–8 attended school at the Wiley Campus in University Heights.
The classrooms now boast new audio, visual and computer technology. New heating and cooling systems provide comfortable learning spaces. Surface and lighting upgrades reveal a bright, revitalized aesthetic—all alongside the historic, familiar elements of the buildings.
"I know my staff, students and I are so excited to start the new school year together in our beautifully upgraded building," said Rachael Coleman, Roxboro's principal. "Our school theme for this year is 'Homecoming' because we're coming back to the school that feels like home to us."
"We really are lucky to have the privilege of being the first cohort of educators and students to walk these new halls," said Jeff Johnston, Monticello's principal. "I'm very thankful to the community for their support of this project and of our students."
Cathan Cavanaugh is the supervisor of communications for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.