• Why a Master Facility Plan?

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    Think of our school facilities in thirds: high school, middle school, and early elementary buildings. Previous school and community leadership addressed the replacement of the high school, middle school, and elementary school facilities in about 30 year cycles. It is important that we continue to plan so that the high school, middle school, and elementary school facilities do not need to be replaced at the same time.

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  • Why Now?

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    Interest rates are relatively low, which significantly impacts the overall costs. This facility plan will take 4-5 years to implement. It is better to lock in the costs now rather than wait.

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  • Why do we need a new Middle School? Why not just renovate?

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    After extensive research, professional input, and community engagement, it has been concluded that the construction of a new middle school is the most long-term option for our community. Extensive renovations of the Middle School will cost our community more in the long run.

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  • Why does Ellsworth Hill Elementary need an addition?

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    As the current Preschool and 2nd grade building, Ellsworth Hill was designed to accommodate an addition to serve more students and take advantage of an excellent facility.

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  • How will Evamere be used in the future?

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    After all construction is complete, Evamere will no longer be used as a school. The 2007 wing of Evamere will host the relocated administrative and Hudson Community Education and Recreation offices, classrooms and meeting spaces for community use. The 1950's portion of Evamere will be torn down. 

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  • Is there a benefit to the proposed grade realignments?

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    Proposed realignment: McDowell, PreK-K; Ellsworth Hill, 1-2; East Woods, 3-5

    Yes. Frequently changing schools at a young age can pose challenges for students. This new and logical grade realignment eliminates one transition and supports the community's desire for campus schools.

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  • Will you renovate McDowell to accommodate Preschool and Kindergarten students?

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    Yes. The building will be renovated to accommodate our youngest learners. This includes downsizing bathroom fixtures and all classroom furnishings.

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  • What will happen to the administrative houses on Hudson-Aurora Road?

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    The offices will move to Evamere. This plan reduces square footage in the District. The District will retain ownership of the land while exploring options for alternative uses, and/or demolition of the houses.

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  • Why are you planning to renovate the Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium?

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    The aging 1979 facility is in need of significant upgrades. The need for renovations to the Natatorium was identified during the community engagement sessions as a priority of many Hudson citizens.

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  • What is the plan for the 1927 portion of the Middle School building?

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    Alternative options for its use will continue to be explored while the proposed new Middle School is constructed. The school district partnered with Westlake Reed Leskosky Architectural Firm to conduct a feasibility study of the 1927 portion of the building, which informed our decision for alternative use exploration.The Westlake Reed Leskosky report may be viewed at www.hudson.k12.oh.us/MFP.

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  • Does classroom redesign really impact student success?

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    Yes. The redesigned classrooms will allow more flexibility in spaces for a variety of learning experiences, enhanced communication, collaboration, creative thinking, and hands-on skills.

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  • Are teachers trained to work in flexible classroom spaces?

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    We continue to train our teachers to incorporate collaborative, project-based learning into our curriculum. This requires the use of flexible, shared and extended learning spaces.

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  • What significant site changes are you planning to make on the Central Campus?

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    We will create new traffic patterns to separate cars and buses while providing an interconnected campus with safe bike and walking paths.

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  • How will you address pedestrian and bike safety, and cut-through traffic on the Central Campus?

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    Strategically located gates will eliminate cut-through traffic. In addition, the walk and bike paths will be wide with clearly marked crossings to help ensure safety.

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  • How will bus and parent pick-up traffic be improved?

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    The plan separates car and bus traffic at the Middle School, McDowell, and East Woods. With a better plan, more cars can enter the campus for pick-up and drop-off, resulting in less traffic backups on streets. Evamere traffic will be reduced to District Offices and HCER use.

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  • Do we need new facilities because of projected future enrollment?

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    The new Middle School and facility upgrades are needed due to aging facilities and student learning spaces, and not future enrollment numbers. The 2016 Dejong-Richter enrollment projects show an increase of approximately 300 student over the next 10 years.

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  • Do you know if your plans will accommodate more student in the future, if needed?

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    The District Master Facility Plan includes future enrollment projections, and spaces are being created for maximum flexibility.

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  • How long do you estimate this plan will take to complete?

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    After successful passage of the Bond, the Master Facility Plan will take 4-5 years to complete. The tentative timeline is as follows: new Middle School construction (2018-20); Natatorium and High School Media Center (2018-19); East Woods and McDowell renovations (2020-21); Ellworth addition construction (2020-2021); and Evamere Central and HCER offices (2021-22).

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  • What is the plan for student while construction and major renovations are taking place?

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    The proposed new Middle School will be the first facility completed in the Master Facility Plan. The current Middle School will be used as "swing" space, meaning the facility will house grades 3-5 students while East Woods and McDowell renovations are completed.

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  • What will happen to Lavelli Field?

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    Lavelli Field will remain an integral part of the Central Campus athletic facilities. The Master Facility Plan includes improving the field and tearing down the existing visitor stands, which are no longer needed for spectators.

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  • How will you accommodate the need for athletic fields with construction on the Central Campus?

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    The District will work with HCER and sports organizations to develop plans for scheduling and using alternative fields in Hudson as needed.

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  • Will this plan include rooms for community use?

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    Yes. During our community engagement process, we were encouraged to incorportate meeting rooms for public use. Community meeting rooms will be available in Evamere once it is downsized. HCER will also use available classrooms to offer programs during the day.

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  • How much will the Bond levy cost me?

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    For the owner of a home valued at $300,000, the cost will be $522 per year, or $43 per month.

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  • Why are you asking us to approve this entire plan at once?

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    Our district-wide facility needs are extensive. Now is the best time to undertake this comprehensive Master Facility Plan due to the current low interest rates. The proposed plan will take 4-5 years to complete. 

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  • How much does this plan cost?

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    The total cost for the district-wide upgrades and proposed new Middle School will be $81.55 million.

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  • How long do you estimate this plan will take to complete?

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    After successful passage of the Bond, the Master Facility Plan will take 4-5 years to complete. The tentative timeline is as follow: new Middle School construction (2018-20); Natatorium and High School Media Center (2018-19); East Woods and McDowell renovations (2020-21); and Evamere Administrative and HCER offices (2021-22).

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  • Will the property tax reappraisals impact how much I pay on this bond?

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    No. The millage for this bond will not rise with an increase in property valuation. Ohio law does not allow the school district to receive any additional revenue from a school levy.

    For example, the Bond will generate $81.55 million through a 4.97 mills levy. In January 2018, property values will increase. However, this law does not allow the school district to receive any additional revenue from this voted Bond levy. The voted mills will be reduced to a millage amount that will generate $81.55 million over the life of the 30-year bond.

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  • How will this plan impact the value of my property in Hudson?

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    Good schools with good facilities help contribute to the overall desirability of a thriving community. Because Hudson is a destination district and community, home values rise with market demand. 

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  • Didn't we just pass a levy for facilities?

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    A Permanent Improvement Fund (PIF) levy was renewed in May at no additional cost to the taxpayer. The PIF levy pays for technology, buses, and other maintenance required for buildings and fields.

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  • Will this levy be used for salaries and benefits?

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    No. This bond levy will only pay for the elements in the Master Facility Plan, including: construction, furnishings, and equipping a new Middle School; constructing, renovating, remodeling, adding to, furnishing, equipping, and otherwise improving all other buildings and facilities.

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  • Did you talk to Central Campus neighbors?

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    Yes. Our intent is to be considerate and thoughtful to the neighbors. We conducted a meeting and invited Hudson residents whose properties or streets border the Central Campus. In response to concerns about a proposed access road behind some of the North Hayden properties, the road has been eliminated from the plan. 

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  • How did you involve the community in this important decision?

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    Our school district's leaders have, in a transparent manner, worked alongside and solicited feedback from community members and experts to create a comprehensive Master Facility Plan that will meet our community's future education needs, while being responsible stewards of our public's tax dollars. A complete list of these meetings is located on this website.

     

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  • How will you keep parents and community members informed regarding the Master Facility Plan?

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    The District is dedicated to keeping the community informed. Our website, informational mailings, and Board of Education meetings will help keep the community informed about the plan and its progress.

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