WCSD educators and staff get their first look at Minerva Park Middle School


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More than 60 educators and support staff from across Westerville City Schools got their first look at the building they are interested in working at next fall: the new Minerva Park Middle School.

Minerva Park Principal Dr. Garrett Carter and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Scott Dorne greeted staff before representatives from Triad Architects led groups in a 15-minute, hard-hat tour of the space.

Though the building is still under construction, staff could see the progress made to its administrative spaces, gym, cafeteria, music and art rooms and various classrooms. The building’s footprint features a tripod design, much like a peace symbol, and was inspired by themes of unity, peace and harmony. The three wings represent the aspects of being (mind, body and spirit) and students’ well-being (mental, physical and emotional). They meet in the middle as a way to bring the aspects together. The front elevation is angled to represent arms that are reaching out in welcome.

There will be an extended open house opportunity for all WCSD employees and the community sometime after the project has been completed.