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Master Facility Plan
Nov. 2, 2017 Community Meeting #1 - Assessment
7 p.m. OHS Auditorium
Jan. 16, 2018 Community Meeting #1b - Assessment
7 p.m. OHS Auditorium
(encore presentation of Community Meeting #1)
Jan. 29, 2018 Town Hall Meeting #1
7 p.m. OHS Auditorium
Feb. 28, 2018 Community Meeting #2 - Options
7 p.m. OHS Auditorium
March 28, 2018 Town Hall Meeting #2
7 p.m. OHS Auditorium
Based on feedback received from community members, 500+ comments on the visioning questions and input from those attending initial options workshops, members of the Oakwood Schools Master Facilities Core Team have eliminated any options involving full demolition of any of our school buildings and scheduled two town hall meetings. School officials believe both of these decisions will help relieve a bit of anxiety that was beginning to distract from the valuable conversations needed to make this process a success.
“The Core team’s responsibility is to consider all possible options. The feedback we have received indicates the community would not support any plan requiring full demolition of any of our school buildings. Because our goal is to give the community the schools they want, while creating effective learning environments for the present and the future, we have eliminated any plans that would require full demolition of any of our school buildings,” Kyle Ramey, Oakwood Schools superintendent.
School leaders apologize for missing the opportunity to receive public comments at the Jan. 16 meeting and want to hear from interested parties. Town Hall meetings will be held Monday, Jan. 29 and Wednesday, March 21 both at 7 p.m. in the OHS auditorium. The previously scheduled Options Meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 28.
“We appreciate the passion and participation in the process and want to respect those who are willing to join the process. We will continue to conduct community meetings, accept comments on our website and at our new email Facilities@oakwoodschools.org as well as welcome your calls,” Ramey said.
OJH/OHS students from the Superintendent Principal Cabinet met with facilities architect Mike Ruetschle to discuss options to enhance Oakwood's learning environments for the present and the future.
Would you support enhancements to our athletic facilities and/or the development of a new health & wellness center?
Would you support relocation of athletic fields and Mack Hummon stadium in order to address site constraint issues?
Would you support partial or full demolition of our existing school building(s) in order to develop new facilities that support current best practices in education?
Should Lange remain a stand-alone building, or should kindergarten be included with the other early elementary grades?
Would you support separate primary and intermediate school buildings?
Would you prefer a 6-8 Middle School or a 7-8 Junior High?
What do you think about having a single PK-12 campus?
An encore presentation of the first Master Facility Plan community meeting will be held at the Oakwood High School auditorium Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
“We encourage all community residents to become informed of the process and to share their thoughts, questions and concerns, so we may engage in meaningful dialogue about the plan, the process and the purpose of our shared effort. We invite all stakeholders to join us in being a part of this great opportunity,” Board of Education member Todd Duwel said.
A team from Oakwood travelled to Grand Rapids, Mich. to attend a learning workshop at Steelcase Inc.
For more than 100 years, Steelcase has helped create work and learning environments for organizations and industries.
Team members were able to visit a number of different classrooms, designed to enhance a number of different educational strategies.
Results from the visit will be shred with the public at the Community Meeting scheduled for Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. in the Oakwood High School auditorium.
Team members and representatives from Steelcase Education gathered in the Oakwood High School Library Media Center to participate in an Active Learning Ecosystem Workshop Oct. 9.
The goal of the workshop was to identify specific goals and objectives, that will provide an understanding of how to develop more productive and engaging learning environments.
Oakwood School officials are looking into the future and making plans now to enhance learning environments for current students and future generations.
In the spring, the Board of Education approved undertaking a master facility plan for the district, beginning a three-phase project that will include assessment, design and decision-making. Officials say they are taking advantage of all the resources at their disposal to review the current facilities and determine the best way to “accommodate the level of learning expected and valued by our community,” Board Vice President Todd Duwel said.
“We look forward to a dynamic, interactive and fully
engaging process to listen, learn and lead the change determined to accomplish our shared learning objectives,” Duwel said.
The assessment portion of the plan began this summer as firms chosen by the district and a team from the state toured and evaluated the buildings. The district entered into a partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to gain
that group’s insight. The OFCC leads construction and renovation projects for schools and other state agencies. Representatives from the OFCC toured all of the district’s school buildings and will present a report on the findings this fall.
Running point in the master facility plan are Ruetschle Architects and Emersion Design. The two firms were selected after district officials screened several applications and interviewed four strong teams of design professionals. Leading the project for those companies will be Mike Ruetschle and Christie Boron. Ruetschle, an Oakwood resident, is the owner of Ruetschle Architects. His primary role in his company is planning, community engagement and project design for K-12 schools. Boron, who’s with Emersion Design, has 20 years of experience, including an emphasis on managing and designing educational facilities.
Oakwood Schools Treasurer Kevin Philo says the two
companies working together create a “dream team” for the district.
“Ruetschle Architects bring a strong local presence, a history of working successfully with schools, especially Oakwood Schools, and a proven track record of designing buildings and spaces that mirror and complement the district’s existing unique structures. Emersion Design brings the in-depth proven process to determine need through interaction with stakeholders and a partnership with engineering firm Fanning Howey, who are national leaders in educational design and creating infrastructure,” Philo said.
Boron says the strong tradition and engaged community are strengths that will help Oakwood continue to “excel far beyond the norm.”
“It is extremely exciting to think about what Oakwood students might be able to accomplish if provided flexible learning environments that support deeper learning through project based and inquiry based pedagogy. Oakwood students have the potential to set new benchmarks to be modeled by students nationwide,” Boron said.
Community members will be invited to join the master facility plan this fall. Students, parents, staff and community members will have the chance to provide input throughout the process.
“We will provide information and updates through multiple channels including: community meetings, small group gatherings, articles and social media. Our first community meeting is set for Nov. 2,” Superintendent Dr. Kyle Ramey said.
Part two of the three-phase process will be the design stage, taking place in the winter and spring of 2017-2018. The decision phase will be in the summer and fall of 2018. For more information on the plan and to find out details on the community meetings, visit the district website at oakwoodschools.org.
“We encourage all community residents to become informed of the process and to share their thoughts, questions and concerns, so we may engage in meaningful dialogue about the plan, the process and the purpose of our shared effort. We invite all stakeholders to join us in being a part of this great opportunity,” Duwel said.
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Christie Boron's 20 years of experience in architecture includes an emphasis on managing and designing educational facilities. Her interest in the role architecture plays in the transformation of learning has influenced much of her design work. The scope of design expertise includes, classrooms facilities, gymnasiums, natatoriums, performing arts centers, administrative support areas, libraries, historic renovations and master plans.
Christie has extensive experience managing complex, multi-phased projects ranging from small renovation projects to $130 million 550,000 square foot educational facilities.
As an owner of Ruetschle Architects, Mike takes a primary role in planning, community engagement and project design for K-12 schools. Mike has successfully led the planning and design of over 3.7 million square feet of new school buildings, renovations and additions. His K-12 facility master planning work has impacted more than 30,000 students in southwest Ohio.
As part of the Master Facility Plan, the district entered into a partnership with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The OFCC leads construction and renovation projects for schools and other state agencies.Based on a request from the OFCC, FutureThink was contracted to develop enrollment projections for the Oakwood City School District.
Their report contains ten-year enrollment projections, which were developed for the Oakwood City School District by analyzing the following data:
- Live birth data
- Historical enrollment
- Community school enrollment
- Open enrollment
- Community demographics
- Housing information
The projections presented in this report are meant to serve as a planning tool for the future and represent the most likely direction of the district.