NEW YEAR BRINGS MASTER PLAN FOR NEW SCHOOLS
(JANUARY 3, 2018) -- With the passage of the $63 million bond issue in November 2017, our district is excited to welcome the new year as we embark on the planning process to replace our three aging elementary schools and undergo needed renovations to Highland Middle School.
Representatives from our design and engineering firm, GPD Group, led an initial educational visioning process with district staff on December 12. A cross-section of personnel from across the district represented each grade level and special area. This process was also held during January for key community members and parents who were an integral part of the Bond Issue Committee. (See photos)
Educational visioning is the first step in understanding and defining 21st century teaching and learning environments before moving forward with the design and construction of our new facilities. This process ultimately allows the staff, administration and community to explore ideas to better define a collective vision for the education of our students.
At the December 18 Board of Education meeting, GPD Group announced that design work will begin in January 2018, with construction to commence the following year. Renovations to HMS will begin in May and completed over a two-year period in an effort not to disrupt student learning. Renovations and additions include heating and air conditioning, roofing, electrical updates, site paving and a new orchestra room.
GPD Group outlined that the Master Plan for the new elementary buildings will focus on four areas and include ESTABLISHING A VISION, NEW SPACES, CORE FEATURES and 21ST CENTURY LEARNING.
Below are some of the aspects that will be considered in the design phase of the process.
SAFETY & SECURITY MEASURES:
(FEBRUARY 16, 2018) The Board of Education, superintendent, and staff share the communities concerns and expectations on safety and security. All new buildings will be equipped with state-of-of-the-art security measures, including (but not limited to) the following:
- Single point of entry for visitors
- Vestibule/double entry system
- Electronic access control at entrance
- Video intercoms for visitor screening
- Panic button in main office
- Building design with improved lines of sight
- Updated door hardware/locks
- Perimeter fencing to deter trespassing and limit access
In addition, important security practices that we already use that will continue include:
- ALICE Training, monthly safety drills (including lockdown, shelter in place, evacuation, fire, natural disasters, etc.)
- 24/7 Stay Safe, Speak Up Hotline
- Video surveillance
- Visitor management program
- Staff monitoring of arrival and dismissal times
- Situational awareness (alertness of staff)
- Monitoring of social media sites
- Strong working relationship with local law enforcement
Safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.
As the design phase and overall construction timeline continue to evolve, we will keep you informed through our e-newsletters, website and facebook page. Please check back often for the most current information. Should you have any questions, please contact Dawn Marzano, Director of Communications at 330-239-1901, ext. 1261 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.