Public meeting dates:
March 16 at 7 p.m. at Davis Middle School
March 29 at 7 p.m. at Grizzell Middle School
March 31 at 7 p.m. at Sells Middle School
Why was this committee formed?
We have seen immense growth in our District in recent years, and wanted to address the challenges this presents in a proactive rather than reactive way. This committee was assembled to address our future school and land needs.
During the next 10 years, the District is expected to add approximately 1,150 additional elementary students, 1,000 middle school students, and 1,300 high school students.
According to the enrollment projections put together by the committee, within three years, the District will have outgrown its elementary school space, even with 22 additional classrooms set to open for the 2016-17 school year. At the middle school level, again, within three years our student enrollment will have exceeded our building capacities.
What are the 4 options they developed?
A preschool/elementary combination for elementary 13, the construction of elementary 14, construction of a fifth middle school, and construction of a fourth high school.
A preschool/elementary combination for elementary 13, the construction of elementary 14 (k-8 design configuration), construction of a fifth middle school (k-8 design configuration), and construction of a fourth high school.
A preschool/elementary combination for elementary 13, the construction of elementary 14, the construction of a fifth middle school, non-traditional high school space, and additions to Dublin Jerome and Dublin Scioto.
A preschool/elementary combination for elementary 13, the construction of elementary 14 (k-8 design configuration), construction of a fifth middle school (k-8 design configuration), non-traditional high school space, and additions to Dublin Jerome and Dublin Scioto.
How were these options developed
The committee, led by Board of Education member Chris Valentine and Chief Operating Officer Brion Deitsch, has collected a significant amount of data during the past few months.
Wayne Colman, of the engineering firm Garmann and Miller, and Tracy Healy, of FutureThink, are lending private sector expertise to the process. Colman is a program and design specialist who formerly worked with the Ohio School Facilities Commission. Healy is an enrollment projections specialist who will work with the District’s current planning department to help the committee examine our facilities needs.
During the first few months of its work, master plan committee members have been gathering and analyzing data on a number of different fronts. Ten-year student enrollment projections, student capacity at existing facilities, facilities assessments, and a no new millage bond issue equaling $140-million were all factors in determining options.
How much does each option cost?
Please refer to the Master Plan presentation on dublinschools.net/masterplan.aspx for a description of each option’s cost.
What are the timelines?
The timeline for each option is for 2017-2026. More specific plans and timelines will be developed in coming years.
How much would a 4th high school cost?
Construction alone of a 4th high school is estimated to cost around $70,000,000. We would need to acquire around 70+ acres at $5,000-$25,000 per acre. Staffing costs would be about $9.5 million annually. There are also other costs involved, such as water and sanitary sewer costs, which would add to the total amount.
How many students are projected to be in the K-8 building?
Middle School: 1000 (the same as our other 4 buildings)
Elementary: 650 (the same as our newer elem. buildings)
Where are the areas of the most growth in the District?
While there is growth throughout the District, it is especially concentrated in the Northwest and Southeast areas.
How long will each of these options meet our space needs before we run out again?
This plan is based on projections reflective of our history. We anticipate that if future enrollment follows our past trends, the District will be in a good position for the foreseeable future at the end of this 10 year period.
What is our timeline for selecting a final option?
The Board will vote on their preferred option this spring. However, the master plan is a fluid document that is to be used as a guide and is not set in stone.
What is non-traditional high school space and how would it be used?
In order to be a world-class organization, we need to think beyond what’s been done in the past and think outside the box to come up with ways to best educate our students in the 21st century. There is empty commercial office space around Dublin, such as the Verizon building near Coffman high school, that we believe could be used for some innovative programming. Some specific programming, such as our academies and post-secondary programs like LIFE, PREP and PowerPlus, could benefit from non-traditional classroom space. We also have discussed providing other career-prep programming for our students. This non-traditional space could open new opportunities for our students that we haven’t been able to offer before.
Would the District provide transportation to the alternative high school space?
Yes. We would make transportation available to these students in the same manner that we do so for the students attending Tolles Career Center.
Could you partner with a university for the alternative space?
All options are on the table as we explore the idea of nontraditional spaces. We have a great partnership with the Dublin branch of Ohio university, and we are always looking for new opportunities for our students.
Which of these buildings need to be built first/at which level is the need for space most urgent?
We are still working through the order of needs. During the next 10 years, the District is expected to add approximately 1,150 additional elementary students, 1,000 middle school students, and 1,300 high school students. It is likely that we would start with the construction of Elementary 13.
Even though we have a lot of students enrolling every year, do we also have a lot leaving?
We do have many students who enroll in and leave the District each year, but at this time we have more coming in than going out. Last summer, we had a net of 500+ students.
What is the benefit of a preschool/elementary combination?
Moving all of our preschool space to one central location would free up classroom space in schools all over the District. We would also be able to build classrooms that would meet the specific needs of preschoolers.
Will there be any additions to the middle schools or elementary schools?
Construction on 22 classroom additions at six elementary schools is in progress, and they are set to open at the start of the 2016-17 school year. Our last middle school additions are just two years old. At this time, there are no plans for additional middle school or elementary school additions.
Will the high school additions be disruptive to the school day?
We do our best to plan the construction so it creates as little disruption to our students as possible.
How does the District plan to collect community feedback on these options?
We are holding three public meetings on March 16, 29 and 31 to discuss these options with our community. One of these public meetings will be recorded and placed on our master plan webpage (dublinschools.net/masterplan.aspx). There is plenty of other information on this website about the master plan, including the presentation from the meetings and an FAQ. We are also gathering feedback from many of our stakeholder groups, including the Business Advisory Council, PTO Presidents, and our Key Communicator groups.
How would a k-8 configuration operate?
A k-8 configuration would operate like a separate middle school and elementary school, with some shared spaces. Each level would have it’s own side of the building with it’s own classrooms, cafeteria, front office and entrance. School start times would remain the same, so middle and elementary school students would have different bus routes. By connecting the buildings, they would be able to share things like a kitchen, delivery space and HVAC system, which would provide great cost savings for the District.?
What needs to be done to the space on Bright Road so it could be built on?
The property on Bright Road is buildable the way it stands today. We have options on how we utilize the space and those involve the city. Whatever the option chosen, it is a very viable site for the district.