Inside the school of the future

CLAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — An old story now with a new ending.

“The technology in this building is greater than anything we’ve ever had before,” says Northmont Superintendent Sarah Zatik.

Students filed in for the first day of class Tuesday at the new Kleptz Early Learning Center at Northmont schools.

The building will house all 850 Pre-school to First Grade students in the district.

We got an exclusive tour of it.

“What’s not to be excited about this place?” Zatik says. “It’s a wonderful opportunity. It promotes being creative and having hands on opportunities.”

To do that, the building has everything from tutorial rooms in between classrooms to extended learning areas for larger groups and it’s all framed with the personal touch like the tile murals of artwork done by the district’s kindergarten through sixth graders.

“We don’t want to just teach them,” Zatik says. “We want them to embrace learning and really be excited about learning.”

But the classrooms aren’t all that have been upgraded, so has security with 80 cameras installed and doors that require a key card to unlock.

“It’s a good feeling for teachers and parents as well knowing kids are as safe as they can be in this place,” says teacher Cathy Rarick.

The school cost about $17.5 million to build, half of which was paid with state funds, the rest by a voter approved bond issue.

The district says the move will pay off in the long run.

“When you have all the services at one building and have consolidated everything you save dollars,” Zatik says. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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