The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

October 18, 2012

Saybrook community gathers to celebrate a new St. John School

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — St. John School has just begun its new transformation into one of the best and brightest schools in Ashtabula County. Formerly known as Ss. John and Paul, the high school/junior high was located on Station Avenue in Ashtabula and the elementary building was located on Columbus Avenue. The community has opened its arms to preschool through 12th grade, which has become a thriving member of the Saybrook Township community.

The Rev. Jeff Stoll, pastor of Saybrook United Methodist Church, had a few words to say about St. John School as his new neighbor. “The church really appreciated it. We had a number of members who attended Saybrook School. They appreciated the fact that it wasn’t torn down,” he said. “I think we appreciate that the building is being used and we have neighbors. My hope is that as a church we are involved with the school and as a church family we appreciate the school being there and it being a church facility.”

Adding to the close relationship between United Methodist Church and St. John School, Stoll has two sons attending the school.

St. John School has an enrollment of 276 students from preschool through the senior class.

When talking to St. John School sixth grader Fallyn Johnson about her feelings for the new building, she said, “I feel like it’s a new beginning, but I also feel that the old school was OK and that being in a new grade in a new school and being the first sixth grader in the school makes history. I think the school we have now is more comfortable and very easy to get lost in.”

On Oct. 2, St. John School was given a blessing by the Most Rev. George Murry, bishop of the Youngstown Diocese, at a formal prayer ceremony. Alumni, parents, staff, faculty and members of the Saybrook community attended the ceremony and open house.

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