LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights [online 3-15-2016]

MARCH 15, 2016

  • Middle school facilities design work

All board members were present.

Middle school facilities design work

The architects from Moody Nolan detailed their initial work and plans in a slide presentation. They elaborated on the following:

  • At community meetings, held with school personnel, administrators and the public, there were many comments on equity, programs, auditorium, renovation vs. new construction, site issues, windows, energy considerations and gym facilities.
  • Data was gathered by walk-through of buildings, site surveys, and traffic studies.
  • The collaborative design features hybrid renovation schemes with renovated cores or new buildings. If the historic core and image are kept, then restoration is needed on many levels and includes obstacles such as aligning existing elevators and ramps.
  • Enrollment projections from the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) predict 550 students per building over 10 years. The OSFC is co-funding a percentage of the Phase I renovations. The board discussed declining enrollment and mentioned the possibility of having an upper level and lower level middle school.
  • Spaces to be included in these buildings, in addition to classroom space, such as the gym and auditorium, were determined.
  • A recap was presented of the design charrette outcome; the charrette involved a cross section of people.
  • Transportation scenarios (parking, drop-off by parent, by bus, etc.) were presented for Roxboro and Monticello middle schools.

The architects explained options for the renovations. With Monticello, saving the façade and core would be costly. The theater would be on the second floor, and matching funding is available for gym construction. At Roxboro, preserving the core would present fewer problems, but is also costly. Student drop-off, parking lot, and ramping areas could be reconfigured, and interior courtyards could be constructed.

If the board considers a new scheme for construction, Monticello and Roxboro would have the same floor plan. The new façades would be similar to the old façades, but new construction would be more efficient. Some board members seemed to favor new school construction.

Moody Nolan will present the costs for the hybrid and new construction floor plans at the April meeting. The board will consider the cost and make decisions in May.

LWV Observer: Lillian Houser.

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