An “Arch of Tradition” will soon welcome students to London High School (LHS), following action by the board of education on Tuesday, May 13.
School board members accepted a proposal to construct a ceremonial arch outside the high school office door as a gift from the 2014 graduating class.
Class president Jack Spahn presented a drawing of the structure, saying it will act as a symbolic gateway for incoming LHS freshmen and an exit for graduates.
Ceremonies to mark both occasions will become a school tradition, Spahn explained.
A contractor will use 1,000 bricks left over from previous projects to construct an arch 11 feet high and 28 inches deep. Those bricks are currently stored under bleachers at Bowlus Field, Spahn said.
Administrators expect Madison County Engineer Dave Brand to provide the necessary license and permits for construction.
Superintendent Tom Ben called the proposal “a generous gift.”
School board member Curtis Brooks called the arch “a very good idea.” He noted any design should include a plaque to explain origins of the tradition.
In other meeting business on Tuesday, board members:
• Hired Jeannine Wolfe to teach the “gifted” student program at the elementary and middle school, effective with the 2014-15 school year.
• Approved a 2014-15 fee schedule for elementary and high school students. Ben said most decreased from 2013-14.
• Approved a trip to the Urbana University band camp for the LHS band. Dates are July 27 through Aug. 1.
• Approved a trip to Nashville, Tennessee for the LHS band during spring break in 2015.
• Added the London Gamers’ Club to the official list of school-sponsored clubs and activities, beginning next year. Ben said members will play board games.
• Approved a $173,700 contract with the Madison-Champaign Educational Service Center for adaptive physical education, gifted program supervision, occupational therapy and alternative classes for students with behavioral problems.
• Renewed London’s membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2014-15 school year.
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