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, is reviewing the funding, phasing and scope of the master plan as well as the district’s needs for operating funding.
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.
The FAB will also review 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.
In early March 2017, the Financial Advisory Board will produce a briefing paper for the Upper Arlington community with initial findings on the four key considerations, the additional needs identified during the master planning process and the rebuild options for the high school.
March-April 2017: Community feedback
In March, the district will share the Financial Advisory Board’s initial findings with the community and will collect as much feedback as possible from residents on those findings. There will be several opportunities for community members to share their thoughts, including:
Building team meetings, April 3
Community-wide engagement sessions, April 4 (morning and evening)
A professional phone survey in April
Community-wide online survey in April
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 the months of March and 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 to present to the superintendent and treasurer 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 2017: Recommendations to the Board of Education
The superintendent and the treasurer will review the final briefing paper from the Financial Advisory Board. The superintendent will make a recommendation in late May 2017 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 likely to take action soon after. 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 host or attend a coffee chat on facilities master planning by calling (614) 487-5030 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated February 2017
Recommended Options Slides (including text descriptions of each recommended option)