Hudson -- The Hudson City School District is looking for community feedback via an online survey dealing with the proposed facility scenarios which are included in the recently passed Master Facility Plan.
The plan, adopted by the School Board Sept. 26, included three plans -- Silver, White and Blue.
"School facilities are a community investment in our future, and we want your input through your participation in our outreach program, Exploring Future Facility Possibilities... together," Superintendent Phil Herman said Oct. 17 from his office.
According to Herman, the district has offered 20 focus groups for parents, staff, students and community leaders in the last six weeks.
"The opportunity to exchange thoughts face-to-face is valuable, and I sincerely appreciate all those who participated," Herman added. "Starting Oct. 19, the opportunity to provide additional community feedback continues with an online survey about facilities."
Options for the silver plan include renovations at each of the district's buildings, adding central office to McDowell Elementary School and making a variety of improvements at Hudson High School. Grade level configurations would remain the same.
Estimated cost for the silver plan is $71.35 million.
The white plan includes constructing a new middle school for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders which would have a lifespan of about 75 years, adding air conditioning to Evamere and McDowell elementary schools, moving the central offices to McDowell and a variety of renovations. Grade level alignments would remain the same. The estimated price tag for the plan is $81.55 million.
The blue plan includes constructing a new middle school for fifth through eighth grades, installing air conditioning at McDowell Elementary School, moving central offices to Evamere Elementary and a variety of district renovations. Grade levels would be realigned among the buildings to cut down on transitions among the buildings. The estimated cost for the blue option is $81.55 million, same price as the white plan..
The district is encouraging parents and community members to participate in an online survey after watching a video presentation "A Master Facility Plan: Why and Why Now," by Herman at the district's website at www.hudson.k12.oh.us > Master Facility Plan. The survey opens for participation Oct. 19 and closes Oct. 29.
Herman explains the differences between the silver, white and blue plans. A complete copy of the plan is posted, as well as a video.
The Impact Group, a local public relations firm, is assisting the district in facilitating discussions and gathering public opinion. IPGR will compile the results of the survey.
Feedback from the focus groups and the survey results will be presented by the Impact Group at a School Board work session in early November.
If one of the three options is OK'd, voters could be asked to approve a bond issue, Herman said at a Sept. 9 Board meeting. No specific dollar amount for a bond issue has been discussed.
"I want to encourage as many parents and community members as possible to participate in the survey," Herman said Oct. 17. "Your opinions matter, and they will help us shape a facilities recommendation that will serve student learning for many generations to come."
For more information about the Master Facility Plan, contact the Herman's office at 330-653-1216 or Assistant Superintendent Doreen Osmun's office at 330-653-1217, or the Business Office at 330-653-1207.