Upper Arlington Schools is engaging the community in a two-year, three-phase master planning process for its facilities.
The initiative falls under the efficiency goal in the strategic plan and stems from a recommendation made by the Productivity and Efficiency Work Group, a team of private-sector volunteers with expertise in the business community. During the strategic planning process in 2014, the Productivity and Efficiency Work Group identified the district's aging facilities as its main area of concern and called addressing the issue "essential to the long-term financial health of the district."
Throughout the two-year master-planning process, the district will work with students, parents, community members and facilities experts to determine the long-term costs of maintaining the existing facilities. The process also will determine alternative options and the long-term costs of those options.
During the first phase of the process, we formed building teams of community volunteers at each of the district's nine school buildings, had a professional assessment of the quality of our learning environments and learned that it would cost approximately $188 million to simply repair and maintain our buildings so they will last another 50 to 60 years (Building Summaries and Assessments).
During the second phase, the community volunteers on the building teams explored options for each of the nine school buildings that ranged from repair to rebuild. The district gathered feedback from Upper Arlington residents at community engagement sessions to help refine the options developed by the building teams. In the spring of 2016, the district collected feedback on the options from the building teams, community volunteers on the Facilities Task Force and the entire UA community.
After months of collecting community feedback on six key data points including two community-wide online surveys and a community phone survey, the superintendent made a master plan recommendation to the Board of Education on October 10, 2016, on the best option for each of the district's nine school buildings. The following documents and presentations were offered to the Board of Education at the October meeting:
Recommended Options Slides (including text descriptions of each recommended option)
Master Plan Recommendation Presentation to the Board of Education - October 10, 2016
After two months of collecting community feedback on the master plan recommendation, the Board of Education took action on December 13, 2016, and unanimously approved the superintendent's recommendation. The 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.
The third and final phase of the process, the decisions phase, begins in January 2017. Please click here to read more about what's next as the district continues to engage the Upper Arlington community in a healthy dialogue about the phasing, funding and scope of the master plan for our aging schools.