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.
So welcome, check back often, and please reach out if you have questions or feedback!
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 visit to 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 visit to Mogadore fieldhouse / athletic facilities
Feb. 19, 2020 - Elementary site visit to Woodridge Elementary
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.