SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Students are starting a fresh chapter in Summit County.
Wednesday was the first official day for classes inside the new building that houses both Springfield High School and Springfield Jr. High School.
But the road to opening the new 175,000 square foot school was a bit shaky -- literally.
Last year during construction, it was discovered that the building's second floor noticeably shook, even under the light weight of footsteps.
Crews immediately went to work fixing the problem, which ultimately delayed the building's debut by several months.
As a result, the Akron Beacon Journal reports that an extra $884,762 was spent on the $42 million project.
The new building sits near the soon-to-be-demolished former high school at the intersection of Canton and Sanitarium roads.
Construction of the new school was passed by residents in 2010.
Jan. 8, 2014: Today marks the first day of classes for students inside the new building, which combines Springfield High School and Springfield Jr. High school in Summit County. The school's debut was delayed due to construction issues.
The community packed inside the building last Saturday for a special dedication ceremony and toured the school after, one woman saying aloud she wanted to see what her tax dollars were paying for.
Some of the building's features include:
- Wireless Internet throughout.
- Separate gymnasiums for the high school and junior high.
- The high school's gym seats 1,000.
- 400-seat cafeteria.
- 650-seat auditorium.
- SMART technology in each classroom.
- 150 security cameras.
- Full air conditioning.
- Combines both the high school and junior high school for an estimated total of 1,200 students ranging from grades 7-12.