October 8, 2012 – CH-UH Lay Facilities Committee Begins Work

In August 2012, in response to a request that grew out of a community meeting convened by FutureHeights and Reaching Heights,the CH-UH Board of Education  established a Lay Facilities Committee. A Cleveland Heights Patch article about that meeting is here.

At its Oct. 2, 2012 meeting, the CH-UH Board of Education discussed the charge they’re giving the Lay Facilities Committee. Broadly, the committee’s task is to come up with recommendations on a plan that is educationally sound (relying on the expertise and input of our district’s instructional leaders) and fiscally responsible and can enjoy broad community support. The goal is to place a facilities bond issue on the November 2013 ballot.

The committee understands that Plan C, which the board accepted last year, is open for revision.

The committee’s goals include the need to engage the community to build consensus around several aspects of a plan, including

– Confirm need for master facilities plan.

– Identify key community values that should drive the process.

– Determine what the community will embrace and support regarding several aspects of the plan, including:

– Which buildings are kept open or are closed.

– What is an acceptable price tag for the project, which will drive millage of a bond issue?

– What mix of funding sources will pay for the project?

– What is the best timeline and sequence of any phasing of the project?

For the Board of Education to place a bond issue on the November 2013 ballot, they will need to act next July. Board members asked that the committee provide its report no later than early May, 2013.

An organizational meeting of the lay facilities committee was held Oct. 3 at Heights High.

The next meeting of the committee will be Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 7pm at Gearity Professional Development School, 2323 Wrenford Road in University Heights. This and all committee meetings are open to the public.

The committee’s blog can be found at chuhfacilities.org

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