Maumee Valley Country Day School Official Expansion Opening

Posted Dec 27th, 2010 by Sara Stacey  Category: Arts & Entertainment


TOLEDO, Ohio – December 15, 2010: Maumee Valley Country Day School is moving ahead of the curve. This is imperative where education is concerned and Maumee Valley is proving that it can be done – even when you’re 125 years old. The faculty and students officially begin classes in the expansion building on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.

Two days during the first week of classes in the new building, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 between 10 a.m. and noon, and Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011 between 1 and 4 p.m., the media will be warmly welcomed into the school to experience first-hand the $15-million in expansion and renovations that began in May of 2009. Media will meet in the Kasperzak Center where they can see a time-lapsed video of the project and hear remarks from Head of School Gary Boehm. From there, media are encouraged to visit the Media Center and the Science Wing where students and Maumee Valley faculty will be available for interviews. Please call Lynnette Werning to RSVP.

Aptly called the “Under One Roof” campaign, the project includes a new Upper School, extensive renovations to the historic Smead Building (home to the preschool/Early Childhood program) and an enclosed walkway to connect all of the campus buildings. Through the use of environmentally protective processes and sustainable materials, it will be among the region’s first LEED certified educational facilities. “We are so excited for our students to come together under one roof,” said Boehm. “With this building and renovation project we have created an innovative learning environment for Maumee Valley students that will help them connect with each other and with the world.”

The highlights include:
•The Upper School’s design promotes the idea of collaboration. Flexible classroom spaces allow students and faculty to freely work together, not only within their own class but with others.
•Science labs are integrated within the classroom to focus and encourage experiential learning.
•Multimedia production facility with state-of-the art equipment, to encourage and teach 21st century communication skills.
•The inclusion of natural lighting, which research shows, encourages students to learn better and keep them more alert and focused.
•Environmentally responsible features that will reduce operational costs.
•Purpose-built spaces within the preschool for children to work individually, in small groups or in larger classes, and a space for hands-on learning.
•Wireless classrooms, hallways and common areas.
•A new lecture theatre with tiered seating for live lectures and presentations and distance learning.
•New nature trails that benefit from the school’s wooded setting.
•A refurbished Millhon Auditorium, state-of-the-art library and multi-media resource center.

The architecture, designed by Kate MacPherson of Toledo-based MacPherson Architects, takes advantage of the school’s beautiful natural setting and the learning opportunities it provides. MacPherson attended Maumee Valley in the mid-70s and her son attends today.

“The support we’ve received for this project has been tremendous – that’s due in large part to the vision and campaign leadership provided by Dean Kasperzak, Fred and Linda Diechert and the Welles family, Scott Parry and Steve and Ann Stranahan,” Boehm continued. “These campus additions and renovations put us in a position to lead the way for the next 125 years.”

For more than 125 years, Maumee Valley Country Day School has been one of Northwest Ohio’s greatest treasures. Founded in Western New York as Miss Bryan’s Seminary, a highly regarded finishing and boarding school for girls, it moved to Toledo in 1884 and became The Smead School for Girls. The Smead School sought to recreate the atmosphere, camaraderie, and character-building aspects of the best college preparatory boarding schools while allowing students to return to their families at the end of the day. It’s a tradition that continues today. In 1934, the school opened its doors in its current location, changed its name to Maumee Valley Country Day School and admitted boys. Maumee Valley Country Day School attracts students from across the country and across the world from preschool through 12th grade and is Northwest Ohio’s only accredited, co-educational, non-sectarian, independent school. For more information, call (419) 381-1313 or visit

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