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All community members interested in getting involved in the design of a new high school and five new or renovated elementary schools are invited to a community-wide kickoff of the master plan design phase in early December.
Sessions will be offered at 7 p.m. Monday, December 4 at Upper Arlington High School, 1650 Ridgeview Rd., and at 9 a.m. Tuesday, December 5 at Mountview Christian Church, 2140 Fishinger Rd.
With the success of Issue 43 on November 7 and bond funding secured for the first phase of the master plan, the district will be working with community members, staff members and students over the next 12 to 15 months to design a new high school and five new or renovated elementary schools.
“Throughout the master planning process, our theme was ‘your voice matters,’ and that will continue to be true as we move forward,” Superintendent Paul Imhoff said. “None of these new or renovated school buildings is designed yet, and we want as many community members, staff members and students as possible to be involved in this historic process.”
At the meetings in December, community members will learn more about the design phase and how they can get involved in the process by volunteering to be on a building design team.
In addition to design teams, the district will also form a “green team” of staff and community volunteers with an interest in exploring environmental best practices for the new or renovated buildings. And residents living in close proximity to the buildings will also be receiving an invitation in December to join neighbor committees that will meet throughout the design and construction process to gather feedback and input on the projects.
“As we saw through the two-and-a-half-year facilities master planning process, making a community plan takes time,” Imhoff said. “And we want to ensure that our community, our staff and our students have every opportunity to work together to develop a design plan that they really believe will serve us well into our second century.”
In preparation for construction at the high school, work will begin on the athletic fields on the district-owned land behind Tremont Elementary School in the spring. The turf field as well as the baseball and softball diamonds are tentatively expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.
After the design phase concludes, community members can expect construction to tentatively begin at the high school and Barrington, Greensview, Tremont and Wickliffe elementary schools in early 2019. All but Windermere and the high school would tentatively open to students for the fall of 2020, and a new Windermere and the high school would open in the fall of 2021.
For more information about the design phase, please visit www.uaschools.org/facilities.