TROY — The Troy City Schools Board of Education reviewed a timeline of its facility planning process with architect firm SHP at Monday’s meeting.
Last April, the board voted to hire SHP, a consultant and architect firm, for the district’s facility and master plan for $45,000 for 200 consulting hours through November 2017.
The firm’s main goal would be to seek the community’s input whether to rehabilitate its current facilities, build new schools or a combination of the two options.
Jeff Parker, a representative of SHP, reported to the board his firm has been touring the district’s buildings and presented a timeline leading up to a possible ballot issue in November 2017.
Parker presented the board the timeline, teams including faculty, parents, steering committee, education and community groups for their input on the district’s facility future plans. Organizations such as the Troy Development Council, Troy Area Chamber of Commerce and other community groups will provide input to the district’ future facility plans.
“The idea here is to get a good even cross section of the community so they can speak into the process so the community has a chance to have a voice into this process,” Parker said. “The beauty of this though is that it’s not a one-way thing. It’s a two-way communication stream. Not only are they bringing input in, they are distributing information out to their people groups and community groups.”
Parker said as he toured the district’s buildings, which range in age from more than a century old to its youngest building over the age of 40, and said the district’s building were in great shape.
“They are really well cared for. That’s good and it’s a great thing. You have a lot of pride in those facilities, but they look so good that it’s hard to see a need until you start to peel back the layers and what it takes to maintain those facilities,” Parker said. “That will be one of the challenges in this.”
Parker said input from the Ohio Facility Construction Commission will also have a big impact on the district’s solutions to its facilities plan as well.
Troy City Schools Superintendent Eric Herman said while the district does take great care of its facilities, the process is to find information and find a direction for the district to take.
“We don’t have any pre-set plans drawn up or anything at this point. We need to follow the process through and see where it takes us,” Herman said.
In other news, the district announced Jeffrey Greulich will be the Troy High School assistant principal beginning this fall for a two-year contract. Also, former Cookson Elementary School Principal Brian Stephey will return to the district following a year off as a second-grade teacher at Forest Elementary.
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