The Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee has as its charge from the Athens City School District Board of Education to review the current makeup of our school buildings, taking into consideration the locations, grades served, and the needs of our students. The group is to make a recommendation to the Board as to a “Facilities Master Plan” that would help to maximize district resources while assuring that the Board is able to help our community reach the aspirations embodied in the District’s Vision and Mission Statements (see below for detail). The timeline for this work requires that a recommendation be made to the Board of Education prior to March 1, 2017 so as to assure that the District has filed a plan with the Ohio School Facilities Commission in anticipation of receiving approximately 32% of the funds towards the costs for building renovations and/or new construction.
The Committee began its work by taking a closer look at data associated with the student population, the attendance areas associated with each school, fiscal data, and presentations regarding the challenges with offering a full array of support services at each building location. The conversations included topics that ranged from class size and open-enrollment to school kitchens and special education services. There was much conversation and debate over equity and what that means, the distribution of our student population(s) at each elementary school, and those characteristics we most enjoy about our current school configurations. After much conversation, the group decided to look at potential master plans while keeping the core values of equity, ability to offer an array of services at all locations, and school efficiency and finance as major determining factors.
During the months of November and December, the group created seven different potential configurations. The central debates tended to center around grade-level buildings versus Pre-K to 5 buildings, what grades should be included at the middle school, and the location of facilities. In mid-December, the original seven draft master plan concepts were pared down to three. The detail of those three plans are attached to this press release. The Facilities Steering Committee will be hosting meetings to garner broader public input on January 10 and 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Athens High School Library.
The members of the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee wish for me to extend to you a sincere “thank you” for taking the time to consider the work they have accomplished to date and for providing input into a final recommendation to be made to the Athens City School District Board of Education in February 2017.
Athens City Schools’ Vision Statement
The Athens City School District seeks to be a premier Pre-K to 12 academic institution helping each student to become an inquisitive, civically-engaged adult equipped to build a better future in a rapidly changing world.
Athens City Schools’ Mission Statement
The Athens City School District collaborates with students, parents, and the community to provide an enriched and rigorous learning environment where every student uses multiple pathways to grow and reach their potential as a lifelong learner and productive citizen.
Athens City Schools’ Motto
Every learner. Every day.
Please click here to access the details of the three options for grade configurations.
Thomas J. Gibbs, Ed.D.
Athens City School District