Former Massillon Washington High building becomes operations center

Former Massillon Washington High building becomes operations center

Former Massillon Washington High building becomes operations center

MASSILLON – Walking through the Massillon City Schools operations facility, you would think you were in a new building. But that’s not the case.

The district embarked on a renovation project, transforming the former Washington High at Oak Avenue SE and Third Street SE into a revitalized space addressing several needs.

The district’s leadership explored a number of options from building a new facility on the Massillon Intermediate and Junior High School property to a hybrid of new and old at the former high school site.

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What they settled on was a renewal of the former school to house the district’s operations team, including building and grounds, transportation, food service and IT. 

John Petro, district building and grounds supervisor, worked hand-in-hand with the administration, architects and contractors to build an efficient site that would provide a shared multiuse space.

“Operations is expensive (to the district),” Petro said. “We try to reduce costs all the time so that dollars saved can go back into providing an education to our students.”  

The area that once housed the welding shop and ticket office at the former Washington High School has been converted into a training and break room for bus drivers. The space also can be used for other meetings. Earlier this week, the Board of Education held its monthly meeting in the space.

Making old Washington High new again

Rehabilitation of the old high school began with the demolition of the classrooms. The building footprint was reduced from 92,000 to 46,000 square feet.

The goal, Petro said, was to use items from the former educational institution to reduce costs and keep them out of the landfill.

The green cinder block walls remain in many of the spaces, including the stairwells, but flooring and ceilings were replaced.