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. After months of gathering the community’s 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. (To see conceptual diagrams of the board-approved option for each school building, click here.)
The master plan is a long-range plan and will be implemented over time. It cannot be done all at once.
With a master plan in place, the Upper Arlington community has entered the final phase of the facilities master planning process, the decisions phase, and during this phase, the collaborative effort will continue.
Next Steps: The Decisions Phase
January-March 2017: Financial Advisory Board
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 to address immediate enrollment growth;
Proposing a 8.92-mill combined operating levy and bond issue for the November 2017 ballot to fund district’s operating needs and the first phase of the master plan;
Suggesting 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.
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.
April 2017: Community feedback
In April, the district will collect as much feedback as possible from residents on the initial draft findings of the Financial Advisory Board. There will be several opportunities for community members to share their thoughts, including:
Building team meeting: 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, April 3 at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road
Two community-wide engagement sessions:
9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 4 at Mountview Christian Church, 2140 Fishinger Road
7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 4 at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Road
Community-wide online survey beginning approximately April 5
A professional phone survey (including cellphones) beginning approximately April 10
The district will share more information about these opportunities through community-wide mailings, columns in the Upper Arlington News and social media.
Late April 2017: Final meeting of the Financial Advisory Board
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 briefing paper based on that feedback. The Financial Advisory Board will produce a final briefing paper with suggestions for the funding, phasing and scope of the master plan; the district’s needs for operating funding; the additional needs identified during the master planning process; and a rebuild option for the high school.
May 9, 2017: Recommendations to the Board of Education
At the May 9, 2017 Board of Education meeting, the Financial Advisory Board will present its final briefing paper. At the same meeting, the superintendent will make a recommendation on the best rebuild option for Upper Arlington High School, and the treasurer will make a recommendation on the funding, phasing and scope of the master plan and the district’s needs for operating funding. The Board of Education is to take action in early June. Upper Arlington voters will likely see 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 request to be added to a waiting list to host a coffee chat on facilities master planning by calling (614) 487-5030 or emailing email@example.com.
Updated March 20, 2017
Recommended Options Slides (including text descriptions of each recommended option)