Preserving the Excellence
To the Oakwood Community
I’m Dr. Kyle Ramey and I’m proud to be the Oakwood City School District Superintendent. As an Oakwood resident for more than 25 years and parent of two Oakwood High School graduates, I know first hand the excellent value Oakwood Schools bring to our community.
As school leaders, it is our job to ensure the District’s facilities remain safe, dry and secure, and support the educational and instructional needs of current and future generations of Oakwood students and staff. For that reason, we began nearly two years ago developing a Master Facilities Plan. District leaders have engaged in assessment, research, discussion and feedback with the community.
We heard loud and clear our community’s desire to keep our beautiful and iconic buildings. And we listened. We developed this four-phase plan that prioritizes renovation first, while continuing to encourage community input and feedback as the phases continue to develop during the next 20 years.
We know our kids, learning and teaching continue to evolve and it’s crucial our buildings and learning spaces change with them in order to maximize educational opportunities. We want our students to run as far and as fast as they can. We don’t want our facilities to hold them back.
Phase 1 will focus on prioritized foundational infrastructure at the Junior High and High School, along with targeted infrastructure updates at Harman and Smith. Just like in our homes, we need to regularly invest in our buildings. Two independent engineering teams have identified systems and infrastructure that need to be addressed. We know if we don’t do this work now, we will have to do a large invasive fix later that stops learning and displaces our kids. We are being proactive by developing this comprehensive plan to address the critical issues.
The details of this community-centered facilities planning process can be found here on our website. You will find the corresponding assessments, images, feedback and phasing recommendations along with more details of the future phases.
We hope you will continue to stay engaged in the process and help us preserve the excellence of Oakwood Schools for generations to come.
Dr. Kyle Ramey
- Community Meetings
- Detailed Facility Assessment JH/HS
- Educational Adequacy Assessment
- Enrollment Projections
- Facility Assessments
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC)
- Options Feedback
- Staff Feedback
- Visioning Questions
A series of community meetings were held during the assessment phase to inform community members and gain their feedback on the Master Facility Plan. More than 350 participants attended the events. Below are the presentations created for those meetings.
Phase 1 of the Master Facilities Plan will focus on prioritized foundational infrastructure (plumbing, electric, HVAC, roofing, ADA, security, etc.) at the JH/HS based on the Technical Building Assessment Report dated Sept. 4, 2018. This phase will run from 2019 - 2023.
You can review the Detailed Facility Assessment JH/HS for detailed information about the projects that would be part of Phase 1 and the estimated costs of those projects.
A team of professional K-12 school architects evaluated and rated the District's facilities. The team spent time observing qualities of the schools directly related to the student experience, such as security, classroom size, lighting, acoustics and collaborative space.
Based on a request from the Montgomery County Educational Service Center, FutureThink was contracted to develop enrollment projections for the 16 school districts in Montgomery County. This report contains 10-year enrollment projections, which were developed by analyzing the following data:
- Live birth data
- Historical enrollment
- Community school enrollment
- Open enrollment
- Community demographics
- Housing information
Oakwood Schools commissioned Emersion Design, Fanning Howey and Ruetschle Architects to develop long-term Master Planning, including a detailed facility condition assessment for all of the District's facilities.
The Oakwood City Schools Facility Condition assessment was conducted using software developed by VFA, Inc. which combines facility assessment services with web-based software products in a comprehensive solution for the complete capital management lifecycle.
The Board of Education directed, from the outset, the Master Facilities Plan process be grounded in clear and transparent communication, provide ample opportunities for community members to become engaged and provide feedback. Through community meetings, a facilities email address, options workshops and additional communication member engagement, the District collected and answered a lit of Frequently Asked Questions.
These questions and answers were updated on a regular basis and posted to the District website. Below is a complete report of those Frequently Asked Questions and answers.
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) is responsible for guiding capital projects for state agencies, state-supported universities and community colleges, and Ohio’s comprehensive public K-12 school construction and renovation program.
The OFCC Goals are:
- To build quality facilities that promote excellence.
- To facilitate projects that are well planned, on time, and on budget.
- To embrace innovation and encourage continuous growth.
- To cultivate partnerships for success.
Floor Plans and Drawings:
During the Options Phase, the design team working with community groups, students, staff and other various stakeholders, representing a range of community voices, to create and to review a variety of options ranging from repair, to renovate, to rebuild.
Following the community Options Workshop Feb.28, 2018, participants were divided into small groups. Feedback from that meeting were compiled.
Visioning questions were born out of input received from teachers and District leaders during the early part of the Assessment Phase. The questions were intended to be provocative and to introduce key topics that emerged from the Assessment Phase, to ultimately lead to master plan options.
The questions were introduced at Community Meeting 1 (Nov. 2, 2017) and posted online with the opportunity for stakeholders to post their comments.
The Visioning Questions were:
- 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?
- What do you think about a new district performing arts center?
- Would you support enhancements to our athletic facilities and/or the development of a new health and wellness center?
- Would you support relocation of athletic fields and Mack Hummon stadium in order to address site constraints issues?
- Would you support partial or full demolition of our existing school buildings (s) in order to develop new facilities that support current best practices in education?
More than 600 comments were received between Nov. 2017 and March 2018 when the survey was closed. You can read all of those comments in the Visioning Questions with Responses.