Many students in the Marysville Exempted Village School District will spend their first day of school in a new building, or at least in new parts of an older building.

Many students in the Marysville Exempted Village School District will spend their first day of school in a new building, or at least in new parts of an older building.

When school starts Wednesday, middle school students will start learning their way around the new Bunsold building, former East Elementary students will share Northwood Elementary School and high school students will attend classes in the renovated Marysville High School.

Superintendent Larry Zimmerman said that despite the fact some part of the high school renovation will continue into September, the projects have progressed as expected.

"It's been a whale of a summer," principal Matt Chrispin said of the ongoing renovations. "But when the kids started showing up in August for practices and such, to hear their reactions was great. This is (the kind of building) our kids deserve. It's been very satisfying for the staff as well. We're very fortunate to be in a community that has shown its support."

The new main entrance to the high school and new courtyard feature several stone pieces saved from the old 7th Street, or "West" building that has been at various times a high school, middle school and elementary school. The building was demolished a few years back, but some of the stonework was saved with the idea of incorporating it into the high school renovation.

"That's part of what we'd like to do in this building -- tell the history of this school district," Zimmerman said.

The renovation includes a new gym/field house and about 30 new classrooms, Zimmerman said. The commons area and cafeteria are also reconfigured, to make more efficient use of space.

"Down the road, we don't want people to know what's been added on and what was (the) original building," he said.

The high school is also starting the school year without busing, although the district is offering some cluster stops. (See chart, page A4.)

Chrispin said the school day has moved up five minutes, now starting at 7:20 a.m. and finishing at 2:30 p.m. He said students can be dropped off at the high school as early at 6:45 a.m. at Entrance H.

"We know this is going to be different," he said. "If people have questions they can call the office."

Bunsold Middle School principal Kathy McKinniss said most of the "teaching materials" from the middle school were moved to Bunsold by the end of July and her teachers spent August setting up classrooms.

Zimmerman said there is some concern about the roadwork planned for state Route 4 in front of the school.

"The highway construction in front of the building will be an inconvenience for about a month," he said. "Everyone will need to be careful and we'll probably have some extra folks helping out along the road, but we will be fine."

Northwood principal Melissa Hackett, who moved with her staff and students from East, said her building is prepared for the start of school as well.

She said she is excited to kick things off with a "Back to School Bash" from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

"The children will go on a scavenger hunt, this way students will get to see all areas of the school," she said.

Each student will get a new Northwood T-shirt, she added.

Parents should check with her regarding the school's new pickup and drop-off policy. Hackett also noted the start and end times for the school day are 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.