This is a period full of research and decisions as we begin the process of building four new schools. At their January meeting, the Board of Education decided to use the “Construction Manager at Risk” delivery model, which allows for a contractor/ construction leader working on our behalf.
Using this model should result in a faster project delivery, while providing flexibility to handle changes during the design phase and more control during the actual construction process.
The next major step is to select an architecture and engineering firm. Currently, firms from all over Ohio and the country are submitting their qualifications and proposals to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC). In very early March, we will have formal interviews with the top firms, with a determination projected by the middle of the month.
We will shortly thereafter select a construction manager and then begin the phase when we solicit community input. Just as the Community Advisory Team helped clarify the facilities master plan last spring, we will soon ask for thoughts about design of the actual schools. We will be asking for thoughts on “What will make these outstanding places of education for the next 50 years? What is needed to help our students excel, both now and in the years to come?”
Yes, the process is complex and the timeline aggressive. However, in order to have four new schools ready for students by the fall of 2021 and to do it right/do it once, we need help from the community.
Please consider participating in one or more of the community meetings to share in the shaping of our schools. We anticipate the input meetings to start in late May and continue for the next 10-12 months. Details on meeting times and locations will soon be shared; all are welcome and encouraged to attend and to be part of these important decisions.
John C. Hamstra
Southwest Local Schools
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