Construction and Facilities Updates

We are excited to launch this website as the hub to inform our students, staff and community members about the facilities initiative! The passage of Issue #8 in November 2019 was the starting point to a 3-4 year process that will have a tremendous impact on our community for many years to come. It is important to us that stakeholders have a voice and are informed every step of the way until the project's completion.

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March 2021 update

Manchester Local Schools Building Project

Reasons for multiple Changes of Agreement

Manchester voters passed a bond issue in November 2019 to allow the district to partner with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to begin the project of building new and replacement facilities. A description of the construction project can be found on this site.

The project was expected to get funding approved by the state in July 2020, but due to the unprecedented disruptions caused by the COVID 19 pandemic, as well as an anticipated funding shortage at the state level, the approval date of funding became uncertain.

In early October 2020, the state reached out to MLSD (as well as to other districts waiting funding) to offer an alternative path forward. Under this special edition of the plan known as the Expedited Local Partnership Program, or ELPP the district will be able to use alternative funds that we have available to begin our construction project. Later, when the state was prepared to provide funding, they would then credit the district for their share of the project.

However, in January, 2021 the OFCC transitioned us out of that program and put us back into a regular Classroom Facilities Assistance Program or CFAP. This program has slowed us up as we are in the process of updating a few things with the State. The money for the new project is still there and will move ahead but now it is slightly behind. We are still moving ahead with the new high school, updated high school for Nolley and our athletic programs but due to unforeseen issues with the process and decisions outside of our control, we are not as far along as we had hoped to be at this point. A meeting between the OFCC and our team will take place on April 1 to get the process moving once again.

April update: Read the press release from the OFCC approving funding for our project.

Project Timeline

Nov. 5, 2019 - Passage of Bond Issue

Nov. 20, 2019 - Board work session with OFCC consultant. Establish overview and process. Funding may not get cleared from state until July 2020

Dec. 16, 2019 - Board work session with district Admin team to discuss planning process

Dec. 2019 - Jan. 2020 - Architect measurements and surveying at MHS for remodeling considerations

Jan. 8, 2020 - Regular Board meeting, the Letter of Agreement between Manchester Local School District and FMD Architects, Inc. was discussed and tabled

Jan. 21, 2020 - Board / Administrator work session; discussion of building plans and potential committees

Jan. 23, 2020 - Core team members site tour of Streetsboro schools

Feb. 2020 - Building meetings with staff to begin educational vision planning

Feb. 3, 2020 – Superintendent, Treasurer and Board members meet with FMD and OFCC Official to initiate timelines

Feb. 11, 2020 - HS team tour of Mogadore fieldhouse / athletic facilities

Feb. 13, 2020 - Board work session with Superintendent

Feb. 19, 2020 - Elementary tour of Woodridge Elementary

Feb. 26, 2020 - HS team tour of East Canton HS

March 11, 2020 - District team members tour Tallmadge schools

March 11, 2020 - POSTPONED Public meeting with administration and school board, 6:30 at MHS

Delays due to pandemic

October 2020 - Transition to Expedited Local Partnership Program (ELPP)

January 2021 - Transition back to CFAP

April 2021 - Funding approved by OFCC

A note from the Board and Dr. Robinson regarding the process:

The process of building a new school and working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) can take time so it is difficult to give exact timelines and completion dates.

In December we learned that, while our funding from the state is secure, it may not be disbursed until possibly July (although it could be sooner). There will not be any movement on that piece until after the March 17th Primary to see what other schools will get funding, if any, as this is how they determine our place in line for money as a "lapsed district". For that reason, we cannot begin any work on the portions of the project that are co-funded by the state. This includes design, Architect and/or Engineer selection and any construction, abatement, demolition, etc. The co-funded portion includes the construction of a new High school, and the demolition of Nimisila and Nolley. We have requested more information from the state and are hoping to have a preliminary basic time line for the entire project to share soon.

In the mean time, we can begin on any portions that are coming from all local funds (LFI pieces). This includes the remodel of the old high school into an elementary school, and all the work related to athletics. These projects cannot be completed until the new high school is complete and current elementary school is cleared. However, we are working diligently to identify any preliminary work that can be started as long as it doesn’t waste any money. We have begun educational vision planning and will continue to have small groups touring schools to identify pros and cons, good ideas and even mistakes that other districts have made in order to carefully and efficiently design schools that will be viable into the distant future and suit our community’s needs and values.