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Paul Imhoff

Superintendent

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Our schools are a big part of what makes our community so special.

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When you think of all the memories made inside these walls and all the lessons learned, these buildings have served our community well for decades in some cases more than half a century.

Chris Potts

Executive Director of Business Services

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The average age of our buildings is over 60 years old, and the costs continue to rise and are not going away.

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So we asked a group of local community professionals to help us evaluate our buildings.

Jeremy Kelley

Member, Productivity and Efficiency Work Team

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I knew things were aging, but I didn't really know the extent of it until I took part in the Productivity and Efficiency team.

Wade Steen

Chairperson, Productivity and Efficiency Work Team

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We went through each facility, and it was eye-opening.

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In many cases, the infrastructure was simply reaching the end of its life.

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Continuing to maintain our commercial buildings and schools at this age was extremely costly.

Jeremy Kelley

Member, Productivity and Efficiency Work Team

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Right now, the district is doing repairs as needed, but often that ends up being a lot more expensive in the long run.

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We need a comprehensive plan to make sure we don't start draining funds from the educational side.

Wade Steen

Chairperson, Productivity and Efficiency Work Team

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There will always be costs associated with school buildings, but our community needs to take the time right now to make a conscientious plan for how these dollars are spent.

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Now is the time to plan wisely for the next 50 or 60 years.

Randi Stummer

Upper Arlington Parent

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We need to be smart with our financial resources, and we need to make sure our schools support the type of learning needed for today's students and tomorrow's students as well.

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We can't let our facilities hold us back financially or educationally.

Paul Imhoff

Superintendent

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We have outlined a two-year planning process, and we will have many ways for everyone to get involved throughout all of it.

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If you have a little time or a lot of time, we are committed to making it convenient for you, our entire community, to weigh in.

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We need to hear from each of you. This plan is simply that important.

Chris Potts

Executive Director of Business Services

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We have many resources on our website.

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We hope you take the time to learn more ask questions and get involved.

Paul Imhoff

Superintendent

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We have an opportunity to shape our future, control our expenses and ensure we honor our history.

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This really is an exciting time for our community.