University of Dayton Professor Emerita Dr. Barbara M. DeLuca explains how school funding works in Ohio and how the May issue will impact Oakwood.
Preserving the Excellence
One of our most important jobs as school leaders is 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 the last two years, District leaders have engaged in assessment, research, discussion and feedback with the community. The outcome is the Master Facilities Plan Report accepted by the Board of Education Nov. 19, 2018.
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 have also created a Frequently Asked Questions document which will be updated on a regular basis.
We hope you will stay engaged in the process.
School Funding 101
Oakwood Interim Treasurer Dan Schall breaks down the May ballot issue.
Oakwood Interim Treasurer Dan Schall shares information from Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith about how the May ballot issue will impact Oakwood home owners.
District Places Two-Part Request on May Ballot
Oakwood Board of Education members are moving forward to place a two-part request on the May 7 ballot. Oakwood Schools are asking the community to approve a combined ballot issue, a 4.99 mil operating levy and 2.7 mil bond.
The 4.99 mil operating levy would generate $1.6 million in annual revenue for the district. This money would be used to pay for staffing, utilities and instructional materials that provide Oakwood’s top student programming. Taxpayers’ additional investment for this operating levy would be $175 annually, per $100,000 of appraised value of a home, according to the Montgomery County Auditor. The operating levy would be first payable in 2020 and would be continuing.
“We are keenly aware of the investment our residents already make in the Oakwood Schools. No one wants to raise taxes but we believe the schools represent a great return on our community’s investment. These operating dollars will allow us to
retain a quality staff and provide an exceptional quality of education, preparing all of our kids for their very bright futures,” Superintendent Dr. Kyle Ramey said.
This request is Oakwood Schools’ lowest ask for operating dollars in 30 years.
The 2.7 mil bond would generate $18 million. This money would be used for facility improvements, specifically Phase 1 of the Master Facility Plan. Taxpayers’ additional investment for the bond would be $95 annually, per $100,000 of appraised value of a home, according to the Montgomery County Auditor.
“We have heard from our community the desire to maintain and preserve our beautiful and iconic buildings and our plan honors those desires. Phase I is focused on prioritized, foundational infrastructure at the Junior and Senior High buildings, and targeted infrastructure at Smith and Harman to address critical upgrades,” Board of Education President Todd Duwel said.
A campaign committee of Oakwood community members has been organized to gain support for the May ballot issue. For more information, contact Campaign Chairmen Jim and Ellen Vaughn at email@example.com.
What does the May 7 ballot mean to you?
Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith shows what home owners' investment in the schools will be, based on the May 7 ballot issue. Click on the image below to go to the two-page document.
Do you have questions about the Master Facilities Plan? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions document for the latest information and answers to questions from community members.
Here's a look behind the walls at some of the recent needed repairs at the Junior High and High School.
Dec. 10, 2018
Dear Oakwood Community,
Tonight, Oakwood Board of Education members took the first step to place an issue on the May ballot. The second of two required votes will be taken at the Jan. 14 meeting.
The ballot issue would be one request with two distinct parts, a 4.99-mill operating levy and a bond at approximately 2.7 mills. Each of these parts is critical and equally important.
The 4.99-mill operating levy is the District’s lowest request to the Oakwood community for operating dollars in more than 30 years. Just like our last request for additional funds in 2016, this levy would generate money to cover the District’s day-to-day expenses. We have been good stewards of taxpayer money and will continue to develop processes and procedures to be as effective and efficient as possible, stretching our resources as far as they will go.
The 2.7-mill bond would generate $18 million which would be used to pay for Phase 1 of our Master Facilities Plan. This proactive, financially sensible long-range plan will preserve our current buildings, while addressing their critical needs. Phase 1, of the four-part plan, focuses on prioritized foundational infrastructure at the Junior High and High School and targeted infrastructure improvements at Harman and Smith. These updates and renovations will allow our buildings to better meet current American Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, ensuring all of our facilities are fully accessible to students, staff and visitors. They will also allow us to operate more efficiently with modern mechanical systems in place. With a long list of needed repairs, we know we cannot do it all but by prioritizing our needs we can ensure our facilities are safe, dry and secure.
Phase 1, while part of the larger Master Facilities Plan along with each of the other phases, is separate, complementary and dynamic. Each phase can stand on its own, will be enhanced by additional phases and could change over time as the needs of our students, staff and community change. We will continue to engage the community as we move through this nearly 20-year plan.
Once Board members act upon the Notice to Proceed at the January meeting, the request will be placed on the May ballot. We will continue to update information on our website at oakwoodschools.org/mfp/new-mfp. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me by email at ramey.kyle@oakwoodschools or call at 937-297-5345.
Dr. Kyle Ramey
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"Oakwood schools takes first step toward levy on May ballot" - WHIO, Dec. 10, 2018
- 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.