Take the Second Survey!
On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the district shared the revised options for the Facility Planning Process. Residents, students, and staff are invited to join the conversation by completing a second online survey. This feedback will allow everyone to join the conversation and will help inform next steps regarding the Facility Planning Process. Take the second survey here: http://link.ghcsd.org/poll2 Survey closes Friday, June 30, 2017.
Read the Research - Community Survey #1 and Focus Group Results Now Available
At the conclusion of the May 1, 2017, Community Engagement Meeting, students, staff, and residents were invited to take an online survey based on the seven draft options that were presented regarding the Facilities Planning Process. Between 550 and 600 individuals participated in the online survey. The results, along with results from an empty nester focus group, were used to guide revisions for the draft options that were presented at the June 8, 2017, Community Engagement Meeting. The survey and focus group results attachments can be accessed below.
Take a Building Tour
A behind-the-scenes building tour is a great way to see and learn first-hand about the conditions and limitations of our buildings. Email Director of Facilities Brett Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place with your requested date and time. Tours are offered at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. meet in the building offices on the following days:
Community Engagement Opportunities
Please plan to attend the following Community Engagement opportunities. Community Engagement Meetings are held in the John Glenn Community Center - EI/LMS Commons at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School Building Tour
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Community Engagement Meeting #4
Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - Grandview Heights High School Building Tour - 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - Athletics Facilities Tour (GHHS)
Monday, May 1, 2017 - Community Engagement Meeting #5
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 - Annex Building Tour (EI/LMS)
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Community Engagement Meeting #6
Thursday, August 3, 2017 - Community Engagement Meeting #7
Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - Final Report: Presentation to the Board of Education
For a downloadable calendar, click on the link:
Since the hiring of Frank Locker Educational Planning at the December 20, 2016, Board of Education meeting, we have collaboratively created a new Community Engagement Facility Planning Calendar. This revised calendar is attached and available by clicking on the link above. Please note that the previously established calendar is no longer relevant and that this revised Community Engagement Calendar will serve to guide our process for the coming months. This calendar will also be inserted into our next quarterly district newsletter that is mailed to every Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff residence.
Our partnership with Dr. Locker and the community engagement process will begin on January 14 and 21 with two days of Educational Visioning. Thank you to the 55 plus community members who replied to participate in the Educational Visioning sessions. On January 31, Dr. Locker facilitated a staff only Educational Visioning session. Participation and feedback is vital and valued so please continue to Join the Conversation.
Meeting presentations and materials can be found by clicking on the additional tabs. We will post and share any calendar updates with the community.
Help Us Shape the Future of Grandview Heights Schools
Safe, modern, and efficient school buildings are important to student success. In Grandview Heights Schools, we have a proud tradition of excellence in the classroom, however our current facilities are not able to keep our desired ability to provide a 21st Century education in the most economical way for taxpayers. Grandview Heights Schools has embarked on a multi-step process to review the current state of all of our buildings. The goal of this plan is to determine if our school buildings are up to standards when it comes to student learning and safety, ADA compliance, and to also make sure we are spending taxpayer dollars wisely when it comes to maintaining our aging buildings.
Phase One: Assessment
In 2015, the school district hired Kevin Harrison of Harrison Planning Group, to assess what it would cost to maintain our current school buildings over the next 10 years. They completed a comprehensive inventory of all district structures, grounds, and equipment. They found that the yearly costs to maintain and upgrade our current infrastructure and classrooms are significantly higher than the current funds available in our permanent improvement budget.
Knowing this is an urgent matter, Grandview Heights Schools created a Facilities Task Force comprised of community members with a wide variety of backgrounds including many with expertise in the construction and building industry. This advisory group is assisting school leaders in exploring how the district should move forward in upgrading our school buildings.
This group meets regularly and in December 2015 helped the district select Harrison Planning Group (HPG) to facilitate collaboration between the school district and the community. The firm is a frequent visitor to our school campus and is completing a comprehensive facility assessment of our K-12 facilities.
HPG measured and analyzed every square inch of our school buildings. The work was threefold: analyze the operational efficiencies of our current school buildings (23 physical systems including heating, window, foundation, roofing, among others); identify any current Ohio building code deficiencies or requirement; and determine if our current classrooms provide the appropriate learning spaces needed for our students to be successful in the modern world.
Despite the hard work of our maintenance staff, the assessment revealed that many of our building systems are nearing or well beyond their lifespan. In addition, the current classroom setting presents challenges in our ability to deliver a 21st Century education for students.
Phase 2: Community / Student / Staff Engagement
Starting in August 2016 and continuing through May 2017, we will begin a comprehensive community engagement process that will include both district-wide and building-level meetings. We will take what we have learned from the assessment phase and ask for feedback from our community in helping shape a plan for the future of our school buildings. The meetings will include an in-depth conversation with residents about current facility conditions, capacities, and what makes up a 21st Century learning environment, followed by facilitated discussions and exercises with participants to assist them in guiding and shaping options for the future.
Grandview Heights Schools is exploring ALL options for our school buildings and nothing has been determined at this time. The community engagement process will create options for our future, which will be vetted and narrowed down to a preferred option for our future schools. That is why it is so vital that all residents participate in this process and help shape the future of our schools for generations to come.
Join the Conversation
Ensuring that our Grandview Heights Schools students have access to a 21st Century learning environment, one that they will encounter in today’s colleges and the workforce, is vital to their success. We must also ensure we use our facility funds in the most efficient manner possible for taxpayers. As our work continues on planning the future of our school buildings, we will keep you informed. In the meantime if you have any questions, email us at email@example.com or call 614-485-4015.
Please check out our Facility Planning pages: