GALLIA COUNTY — The campus of Southwestern Elementary School now serves as the central office location for Gallia County Local Schools.
The decision was made based on a number of factors, Interim Superintendent Wendy Halley wrote in a returned email to the Gallipolis Daily Tribune yesterday. The previous location, comprised of portable classrooms near the Gallia County animal shelter, were purchased when the elementary buildings were being built in the mid 1980s, Halley commented.
“They were later converted to the Gallia County Local Schools Board office,” Halley noted. “The structure of these portable buildings were deteriorating and the district had to consider options to remedy the situation. Declining enrollment at Southwestern Elementary meant the building had extra space.”
The board hired an engineer to consider the possibility of renovating a portion of Southwestern Elementary for the purpose of housing the board offices. After consulting the engineer, Halley said, the board decided that it would be more financially responsible to move the office to the available portion of the elementary than to put more money into new construction.
The new location enables the district office to be more centrally located among its school buildings, Halley added.
The board office, which is open 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, is now located 4836 State Route 325, Patriot, Ohio 45658. This new location is home to the offices of the superintendent, district administrators, district treasurer, several administrative assistants, and the parent mentor. Halley added that the board room is approximately 750 square feet, to accommodate public and staff meetings, and the office has a separate entrance which is accessible from the side parking lot.
The new telephone number is (740) 379-9085. The superintendent’s office fax number is (740) 379-9135. The treasurer’s office fax number is (740) 379-9136. The main entrance to the central office is to the back side of the school building closest to Buckeye Rural Electric. It also offers additional use of the space already at Southwestern Elementary. The central office staff is very excited to join the students, teachers, and support staff already at this location.