Superintendent, Paul Imhoff
My family and I became part of the Upper Arlington family in 2013, and we quickly learned what has drawn people to this special place for so many years. It's more than the tree-lined streets and beautiful parks - it's a deep sense of community pride and cooperation.
While I am proud to be a member of this great community and a parent in this fantastic school district, I am humbled to serve as its superintendent. It is an honor to work with this fine group of educators as they make a positive impact in the lives of our students. I am invigorated by the thoughts of what is yet to come. Over the next few years, we will be laying the groundwork to build upon the district's tradition of excellence and reach even greater levels of achievement and opportunity for all students.
If you have any ideas or questions about our schools, please feel free to contact me by phone or email.
Six school buildings will be open to public for tours in September
It’s back-to-school season, and I hope that all Upper Arlington residents will consider heading back to school themselves for two evenings this month.
All six school buildings that would be renovated or rebuilt during the first phase of the community’s master plan will be open for tours in September. Tours of the five elementary schools will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 12. A tour of the high school will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, September 19.
The tours are part of the Board of Education’s commitment to transparency in the facilities master planning process. You will see the full picture of the physical condition of our schools — from the classrooms to the basements and boiler rooms — so you can form your own opinion before voting on a combined operating levy and bond issue on November 7.
You’ll see this on the ballot as Issue 43. The 3.75-mill operating levy, the district’s lowest operating-funding request in more than 35 years, would maintain current educational programming. The $230 million bond issue, which would be collected at a rate of approximately 5.17 mills above current collections, is the first bond request in more than 20 years and would fund the master plan projects at the high school and elementary schools. (The 5.17-mill calculation assumes a bond interest rate that does not exceed 5 percent and level total property valuation based on 2018 values.)
Combined, these issues would be collected at a rate of no more than 8.92 mills, adding approximately $312 a year in property taxes per $100,000 of 2018 market value as determined by the Franklin County auditor. For the average Upper Arlington home, with a market value of about $400,000, that would amount to approximately $1,248 more per year. Please note market value isn’t what your home would sell for — it’s an amount determined by the county auditor and available on your property listing on the auditor’s website.
What led us to ask voters to consider the bond funding to rebuild or renovate our schools? A few years ago, during the strategic planning process, a team of community volunteers identified the cost of maintaining the aging school buildings as the biggest threat to the district’s financial health. Based on this team’s recommendation, the Board of Education launched a community-driven facilities master planning process in February of 2015.
The community’s master plan is the result of more than 2 ½ years of planning and input by volunteers and more than 8,000 touch points with residents.
If Upper Arlington voters approve Issue 43, the first phase of the community’s master plan would unfold over the next five years. We would begin by launching a community-driven design process that would involve any and all residents who wish to participate in the design of these new and renovated buildings.
Construction would tentatively begin in early 2019. When all of the new and renovated school buildings are completed, tentatively by the fall of 2021, the community would have a new high school facing Zollinger Road, a brand new Wickliffe and Windermere, a rebuilt Greensview (excluding the 1997 and 2009 additions), and a renovated Barrington and Tremont (excluding the 2015-2017 additions).
I encourage you to join us at an elementary school of your choice on September 12 and also come to the high school on September 19 to learn more about our schools. You can also learn more about Issue 43 on our website at www.uaschools.org/Issue43.
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