The Upper Arlington community is in the midst of a two-year, three-phase master planning process, a historic, collaborative effort to determine the best path forward for our aging schools.
Hundreds of community volunteers on building teams and thousands of residents have shared their thoughts on options ranging from repair to rebuild for our schools. Based on their feedback, the superintendent recommended, and the Board of Education approved in December 2016, a master plan for all of our schools. The master plan is a long-range plan and will be implemented over time; it cannot be done all at once. The board-approved master plan outlines rebuilding Upper Arlington High School, renovating or rebuilding the district's five elementary schools, and repairing the two middle schools and Burbank Early Childhood School. (To see conceptual diagrams of the board-approved option for each school building, click here.)
With a master plan in place, the Upper Arlington community has entered the final phase of the facilities master planning process. Please learn more under the tabs below about how this collaborative process has continued during the decisions phase and what's next in this process.
The Decisions Phase
The Financial Advisory Board, a new team of community volunteers with significant experience in financial management and the management of considerable facilities and construction work, has completed its review of the master plan as well as the district’s needs for an operating levy.
At the March 7 Board of Education meeting, the FAB released its initial draft findings report, and those findings will be shared with the community for feedback during the month of April.
The initial draft findings include:
Implementing the master plan over two phases, with the first phase involving rebuilding the high school to address immediate physical needs and rebuilding or renovating all of the elementary schools for financial reasons as well as enrollment growth.
Suggesting that the Board of Education pursue an 3.75-mill operating levy, the district's lowest in more than 35 years, to fund the district's day-to-day operations and continue the current level of operations.
Suggesting the Zollinger Road option (previously known as Rebuild Option 2) for Upper Arlington High School, placing the front door on Zollinger Road and relocating and rebuilding Marv Moorehead Stadium “to maximize the functionality and safety of the high school site for students and community visitors.”
Pursuing the option of transitional athletic space behind Tremont Elementary School.
Suggesting that the Board of Education pursue a 5.17-mill bond issue — for an 8.92-mill combined levy/bond issue on the November 2017 ballot — to fund the first phase of construction involving the high school and the five elementary schools.
To read more about these and several other draft findings, please read the full report or the district news release by clicking one of the links below.
During the month of April, residents have come together through a series of meetings and surveys to share their thoughts on the initial draft findings of the Financial Advisory Board.
This feedback will be shared with the Financial Advisory Board and the community.
The community volunteers on the Financial Advisory Board will review all of the feedback gathered from the community in April and will make any necessary revisions to their initial findings based on that feedback.
The Financial Advisory Board will produce a final briefing paper for the superintendent and treasurer.
At the Board of Education meeting on May 9, 2017, the Financial Advisory Board will present its final briefing paper.
At the same meeting, the superintendent and treasurer will make their recommendations to the Board of Education on how to proceed with the master plan and the district's operating needs.
At the June 6, 2017, meeting, the Board of Education will take action on the recommendations of the superintendent and treasurer. If the recommendations are approved, the Board of Education would consider a first resolution to place a combined operating levy and bond issue on the November ballot.
At the June 28, 2017, meeting, the Board of Education would act on a resolution to proceed with a combined operating levy and bond issue on the November ballot.
On November 7, 2017, Upper Arlington voters would be asked to decide a combined operating levy and bond issue.
Recommended Options Slides (including text descriptions of each recommended option)
Updated April 20, 2017