By Jim Smith
The new weight training building behind the high/middle school is now called the Sam Barnhouse Center. That name was given to the building by the board of education in honor of recently deceased, long time Hillsboro educator and school board member Sam Barnhouse. The Barnhouse Center will open to the public on January 5th, the first day back from Christmas break. The Barnhouse Center will feature a beautiful weight training center as well as a multi-purpose room that will house wrestling practice during the season. In addition, the Barnhouse Center has two locker rooms and a changing room. The plan is for each student using the weight training center to have an improvement plan with specific goals in mind. That effort will be led by teacher Jarrod Rich and our P.E. teachers. We hope the Barnhouse Center is a game changer for Hillsboro athletics.
Along with the opening of the Barnhouse Center is the construction of football and soccer practice fields in the area between the tennis courts and the soccer/track stadium at the H.S. /M.S. Work on the new practice fields has continued through the fall and early winter. The hope is to have use of the practice fields next fall. The new facilities at the H.S. /M.S. will eliminate use of the practice fields next to the football stadium uptown and eliminate the costly transporting of students to those sites after school.
Next year, Hillsboro will join the new Frontier Athletic Conference (FAC). Joining Hillsboro will be longtime rivals: Greenfield, Washington Courthouse, Miami Trace, Chillicothe and newcomer Jackson. The FAC will have the same sports as the SCOL. The new league will begin competition this coming fall.
Winter is upon us which eventually means snow. When conditions require delay or closure, the district will again make use of the One Call system, radio and TV announcements using the Cincinnati and Highland County stations and the electronic sign at the H.S. /M.S for notification purposes.
With the approaching holidays, Christmas break will soon be here. This year, break begins on December 21 and ends on January 4th, a full two weeks. Students return to school on January 5th. Break was made longer by adding a couple of days onto the end of the school year in the spring. With that note, I wish each of you and your families the very best for the Holidays and, as always, thank you for your support of Hillsboro City Schools!