The Athens City School District Board of Education met in Regular Session on Thursday, February 16th at Athens High School. During the course of the meeting, the District shared the following information and made plans for additional Special Board Meetings as listed below:
- Superintendent Gibbs reported that in communication with officials with the Ohio School Facilities Commission, he discussed the potential need for additional time to finalize a Master Plan. Coincidentally, the OSFC had more districts place issues on the November 16 and May 17 elections than predicted and therefore was prepared to communicate to the District a need to postpone a final decision on their part until after the end of the calendar year. For this reason, the Board has decided to slow down the process and take more time developing a the final plan. The new goal date is to have a Master Plan developed and approved by September 30, 2017.
- To make some headway on decision-making regarding the separate portions of the plan, the Board will be breaking the plan into three sections: Athens High School, Athens Middle School, and Athens Elementary School(s). Beginning with the High School, the Board will host special meetings to review information about each part of the plan and make decisions regarding how best to move forward. The short-term schedule is as follows:
- March 2, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Athens High School: Special Board Meeting to review information regarding Athens High School and the options to either renovate the current building or build a new building.
- March 16, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Athens High School: Regular Board Meeting with a placement on the agenda to receive a report of recommendations from the Athens City School District Facilities Steering Committee and related discussion.
- March 30, 2017, 6:30 p.m. at Athens Middle School: Special Board Meeting to review information regarding Athens Middle School and the options to either renovate the current building or build a new building, as well as discussion on the concept of moving 6th grade students to the Middle School.
- Additional meetings will be scheduled for further discussion and to garner community input on each grade level span of the overall Master Plan.
- The Board passed a resolution directing Superintendent Gibbs to make contact with a couple of local realtors, the City of Athens, Ohio University, and other interested parties to determine if a parcel of property of 15-20 acres would be available, the price of said property, and other details should the Board choose to move forward with a Pre-K to 5 single campus option for the Elementary School(s) portion of the Master Plan. Essentially, Dr. Gibbs is to attempt to determine the feasibility of implementing the plan based upon the availability of an appropriate property and the related costs.
The Athens City School District Board of Education is committed to providing multiple opportunities for community input into the decisions related to the creation of the Facilities Master Plan. Time is allotted at each scheduled Board Meeting to accept community input.