Anyone driving onto the Austintown School campus will notice the addition of 51 banners on each of the new lamp posts. The banners display all of Austintown's academic and athletic programs and teams, as well as a few repeat pride banners to fill in the blanks.
The banners were funded through the Superintendent's Fund and was planned as part of the finished look for the campus. When it came to design of each banner, the task was offered to Kendra Corpier, the district's media technician.
''I did literally design each one, but there are only 29 different designs,'' she said. ''I had them print repeats of the Academic and Falcon Nation ones to make the total of 51 banners.''
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Austintown Schools maintenance crew members Keith Lemike and Dave Laurie hold up one of 51 banners they installed on the new light posts on the school campus earlier this month. The banners represent every sport and academic program within the district.
Corpier said the process took her from mid-October of 2013 to this past March to complete. The banners progressed from Corpier's design concepts to a final version. Once the final version was complete, Corpier worked with a printing company to get exact measurements and then a quote. The quote had to be approved by Superintendent Vince Colaluca.
Corpier said the banners reflect the four A's of the Austintown Local Schools: Academics, Arts, Activities, and Athletics. She said it was a big task, but one she enjoys. Corpier had designed the new Freddy the Falcon prior to taking on the new job.
''As a graphic designer, it was an exciting challenge to create customized designs to represent the amazing programs we have in the Austintown School District,'' she said. ''These banners unify the schools and add to the beauty of our district campus.''