The Upper Arlington community is in the midst of a two-year, three-phase master planning process to determine the best path forward for its aging schools.
After months of gathering community feedback, the Board of Education voted unanimously on December 13, 2016, to approve superintendent's master plan recommendation. 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.
The master plan is a long-range plan and will be implemented over time. It cannot be done all at once.
With the master plan in place, the district and the UA community will be entering the third and final phase of the master planning process.
Next Steps: The Decisions Phase
FINANCIAL ADVISORY BOARD
During the decisions phase, which begins in January 2017, the district will form a Financial Advisory Board (FAB) made up of community volunteers with experience in financial management or the management of businesses that have undertaken sizable facilities and construction projects.
The FAB will review four key considerations identified by the district and produce initial findings on those considerations.
The FAB will also review the following needs identified during the master planning process: transitional athletic space to be used by students during potential construction projects; a welcome office to house a central registration point for all district families; overall site layout of the schools including athletic fields and parking; a privately funded alumni room at Upper Arlington High School; and repairs and/or renovations to the central office building at 1950 North Mallway Drive.
During the spring of 2017, the district will engage the community to offer feedback on the initial findings of the Financial Advisory Board through building team meetings, a community engagement session and community surveys.
The district will also gather additional community feedback during the decisions phase on the two rebuild options for Upper Arlington High School.
Both options would include a four-story core academic building. One would locate the high school’s front door on Brandon Road and involve significant renovations to Marv Moorehead Stadium. The other would locate the high school’s front door on Zollinger Road and would involve relocating and rebuilding Marv Moorehead Stadium to maximize the site.
The Financial Advisory Board will review the community feedback and may make revisions to its initial findings. The FAB will produce a briefing paper with its thoughts on the funding, phasing and scope of the master plan and the district's future operating needs.
Treasurer Andrew Geistfeld is expected to ultimately make a recommendation to the Board of Education on the funding, phasing and scope of the master plan in May 2017. The Board is expected to take action soon after, with a combined operating levy and bond issue on the ballot in November 2017.
HOW TO GET INVOLVED
It isn't too late to become involved in the process. You can still sign up for a building team at www.uaschools.org/buildingteams. You may also host or attend a coffee chat on facilities master planning by calling (614) 487-5030 or emailing email@example.com.
Recommended Options Slides (including text descriptions of each recommended option)