"Our Community. Our Future."
Help Us Shape the Future of Our School Buildings
In Stow-Munroe Falls Schools, maintaining excellence extends to more than the great job that we do in the classroom each day. It also involves how we operate, such as, caring for our aging facilities.
The school district 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, and to also make sure we are spending taxpayer dollars wisely when it comes to maintaining our aging buildings.
Phase One: Assessment
During the summer of 2019, the district worked with construction and school facilities experts to analyze the efficiency of the school buildings – both from a financial and educational standpoint. This is a free service provided by the state of Ohio as part of the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). Last week, the results of the assessment were presented at the board of education meeting.
The goal of the assessment was to determine if our facilities are up to standards when it comes to student learning and safety, and to also make sure the district is spending taxpayer dollars wisely when it comes to maintenance. We are also eager to look into this because the state of Ohio, through its building assistance program, is willing to reimburse 24% of the cost to upgrade our schools.
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, our classroom space does not reflect what students will encounter in today’s colleges and job market. That makes sense when you consider the fact that our buildings range from 30 to 80 years old and were not built with today’s learning needs in mind.
Phase 2: Community Engagement - “Our Community. Our future.”
Now that the assessment has been completed, the next steps include involving the community on what, if anything, should be done to address any facility needs through a Master Facilities Plan.
We have created a community and staff-led Facilities Task Force that will work with construction experts, architects and school officials to help create a Master Facilities Plan. The school district will also hold multiple community meetings to gather feedback. Rob Gress, Director of Operations, will be facilitating the process for the district.
When the Master Facilities Plan is complete, the board of education will decide on next steps and whether or not to move forward with an action plan.
Please know we are not moving forward with any preconceived notions about what will happen with any buildings. All options and suggestions regarding the school buildings will be entirely vetted and guided by the community.
We encourage all residents to join in the conversation. For the most up-to-date information on Master Facilities Plan, please visit this website and feel free to contact Rob Gress, Director of Operations at 330-689-5413 with any questions.
BUILDING ASSESSMENT SUMMARIES