LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights [online 10-18-2016]
OCTOBER 18, 2016
- Field trips
- Work session on the middle school facilities renovation
Board action on field trips
The board approved student field trips to Montreal, Que. in Canada from March 25 to 28, 2017, and to Washington, D.C., from March 8 to 10, 2017.
Work session on the middle school facilities renovation
Ann Hartman of Moody Nolan, Jack Kellogg of Turner Construction, and Patrick O’Brien of Project Management Consultants were present to present an overview of preliminary schematic design ideas for renovation of Roxboro and Monticello middle schools. Infrastructure upgrades at both buildings will address heating and cooling systems, plumbing, electrical and lighting, exterior wall repair, masonry, accessibility and safety. Comfort level, temperature balance in buildings, air quality, and lighting will improve.
At Monticello, interior spaces to be revitalized include the areas where students enter, exit and gather. The reception and lobby areas will be brightened, with new doors and added security. Flow and function in the guidance suite and administrative area will be addressed, as will way-finding throughout the building. Gyms and locker rooms will become co-ed. The cafeteria will have new flooring and lighting, more color, and wall graphics. There will be extensive painting and some new carpeting. Crowding is a problem when students are waiting to be picked up, especially in inclement weather. Solutions being considered include an enlarged waiting area, an exterior awning, and the use of different exits for bus students and non-bus students, including the use of the historic front door for student entrance and exit. Bus transportation will be analyzed for greater efficiency.
At Roxboro, renovations will begin with the spaces that have been added over the years: entries, lobby, administrative offices, and connecting areas. Hallways will be brightened, made more colorful, and student flow will be improved. Restrooms will be added on the first floor. The historic lobby will be restored to a more original state if possible. Portable, storable bleachers and risers will be added in the gym, and the cafeteria will be renovated, including possible exposure of original ceiling beams.
Board members asked questions and offered feedback. The design phase will conclude in December at which time cost data will be presented.
LWV Observer: Nancy Dietrich.
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