Hilliard City Schools leaders will expand the footprint and course offerings of the McVey Innovative Learning Center next year when the new Memorial Middle School opens on Walker Road.
"These (new offerings) are possible because of the levy voters (approved)," said Mark Tremayne, the district's director of innovation and extended learning, referring to a 4.5-mill operating levy and $50 million bond issue approved in November 2016.
The new Memorial Middle School, which is adjacent to Bradley High School, 2800 Walker Road, is expected to open at the start of the next school year in August.
The former Memorial Middle School, 5600 Scioto Darby Road, will be rebranded as Hilliard Station Sixth Grade School, and the former Station, 3859 Main St., will become the district's Innovative Learning Hub.
It will be the third building on the McVey Innovative Learning Center campus, joining the original facility at 5323 Cemetery Road and an adjacent annex building.
Administrators and students met last spring to begin planning for additional courses to be offered next year, Tremayne said.
"A student-advisory council met with (administrators) ... and then we asked staff for their 'dream proposals,' " he said.
New classes include courses in motion-graphics and animation, fashion and design and performance psychology; the latter will explain how psychology can be applied to excellence in athletics, public speaking or other practices.
The learning hub will allow for consolidation of more courses on the campus.
"We will bring more courses from the high schools to the campus," Tremayne said.
He said those would include reading-intervention programs and English-language-learner courses.
Craig Vroom, the principal of Weaver Middle School, will become principal at the Innovative Learning Hub.
Vroom, who has spent 17 of his 24 years in the school district as an administrator, said he looks forward to the challenge and the opportunity to lead the new facility.
"It's a chance to build on the great work that has already been accomplished," he said.
A minimal increase in staffing, perhaps two to four teachers, will be necessary at the campus, Tremayne said.
Staffing levels won't be known until registration for next year's classes closes in early March, he said.
"I look forward to building on the climate instilled (at the MILC) and pushing our teachers to new limits, while giving students the opportunity to discover and learn about things that align with their interests," Vroom said.