• Board of Education approves 4.97 mills Bond Levy for Master Facility Plan!

    Posted by Sheryl Sheatzley at 7/12/2017
    The Board of Education has approved a comprehensive Master Facility Plan that will meet our students' learning needs for the next 25-30 years and help to maintain Hudson as a destination district and community. The plan includes a new Middle School, renovations to elementary schools, renovations to the high school media center, improvements to the Central Campus and HCER access that are important to Hudson's core and culture, including walk and bike access, and upgrades to the Natatorium.
    Where can I see the plan?
    The entire faclity plan is posted here: 2017 MASTER FACILITY PLAN
    Follow us on our website for updates and information regarding the Master Facility Plan.
    Where can I see the new Middle School Design Concept?
    The most recent video is posted here: MIDDLE SCHOOL DESIGN CONCEPT
    Why is a Bond Levy Needed?
    Support from the entire Hudson City Schools'community will be needed for the implementation of the Master Facility Plan.
    The Board of Education has approved the placement of a 4.97 mills Bond Levy issue on the November 2017 Ballot in order to raise $81,550,000 for the purpose of construction, furnishing and equipping a new middle school, constructing, renovating, remodeling, rehabilitating, adding to, furnishing, equipping and otherwise improving buildings and facilities.
    What is the Cost of a 4.97 mills Bond Levy for Households?
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  • Superintendent Phil Herman Gives Facilities Presentation on Facebook Live!

    Posted by Sheryl Sheatzley at 6/15/2017
    The Hudson City School District has posted resources and information on this website under the Master Facilities Plan Tab. In addition, you can view the Facebook Live archived video from the most recent Community Engagement Meeting, held on June 14. Watch us on Facebook Live! Hudson City School District, Ohio.
    Superintendent Phil Herman address the Master Facility Plan on Facebook Live at East Woods  
    We encourage you to check back and share the information posted about the progress of the Master Facilities Plan! If you have questions regarding this presentation or about the Master Facilities Plan, contact Superintendent Phil Herman at 330-653-1216 or email hermanp@hudson.edu.
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  • Community Engagement Neighbors Meeting

    Posted by Sheryl Sheatzley at 6/1/2017

    The Hudson City School District will host a presentation for Hudson residents whose properties or streets border the Central Campus. This presentation will take place on June 14, 2017, at 6:30-8 p.m. in the East Woods Media Center. Letters were mailed to these residents on May 26th. Please see attached letter.

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  • May 8, 2017: Board of Education Master Facilities Plan Presentation

    Posted by HCSD at 5/4/2017

    Superintendent Phil Herman and GPD Architects gave a presentation about the Master Facilities Plan at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Monday, May 8th at 7 p.m. in the High School Media Center.

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  • Master Facility Plan Parent and Community Engagement

    Posted by HCSD at 5/3/2017

    Parents and Community will have the opportunity to attend open meetings to learn more about the Master Facility Plan and to engage in conversation about the proposed concepts.


    Save The Dates:

    May 16 – Barlow Community Center, Memorial Room, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    May 17 – Barlow Community Center, Assembly Room, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

    May 23 – Barlow Community Center, Memorial Room, 11:00 – 12:30 p.m.

    May 23 – Barlow Community Center, Memorial Room, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

    May 31 – Laurel Lake, Community Room, 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Note: New Time)

    May 31 – Barlow Community Center, Theater, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


     Superintendent Phil Herman invites you to our community forums!

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  • April 24, 2017 - Board of Education Master Facility Plan Update

    Posted by HCSD at 4/25/2017

    (See video in navigation sidebar)

     A comprehensive facilities update was provided to the Board of Education at its regularly scheduled meeting. The public was invited to attend and to hear updates about the following:

    • A brief overview of the Facility Planning Process
    • 1927 Building Feasibility Study, Westlake Reed Leskosky presenting
    • Update on the new Middle School and site plan development work by GPD
    • Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium Planning
    • Heating and Cooling at Evamere and McDowell
    • Information about the Bus Garage Relocation
    • Update about the former Hudson Elementary (Oviatt St.) property


    1927 Building Study

    Architect Paul Siemborkski from Westlake Reed Leskosky presented the firm’s feasibility study of the 1927 portion of the current Middle School. The firm is nationally recognized for preservation and adaptive re-use projects and considers the building “noble” in its appearance.

    The study covered three adaptive re-use projects for the building:

    1. Residential
    2. School Offices/Conference Center
    3. Community Center/Board of Education
    4. Other considerations depending on community and developer interest.

    Each of these options will require approximately $12M for renovations.

    (See Feasibility Study in the navigation sidebar)

    In summary, Phil Herman, Superintendent, indicated that he is not comfortable recommending to the Board of Education that the 1927 building be used for a school. Because of long-term requirements for relocation of 1,100 students for multiple years, and the negative impact that it would have on student learning, he does not consider a gutting of the building interior a viable option for Hudson and doing what is in the best interest of students.

    Moving forward …

    GPD Group

    On Monday, May 8, 2017, at the Board of Education meeting, GPD Architects will present the work that they have done for the District. This includes a central campus site map, middle school design concepts, and other building renovation ideas.

    GPD is providing the Hudson City School District professional planning, architectural, engineering, and community engagement support to assist the district in finalizing the Master Facilities Plan prior to seeking community support through a Bond issue.

    The scope of their work includes: Site plans, building exterior renderings (concept), community engagement, cost estimating, project planning, and student transition planning and logistics.

    Ada Cooper Miller Natatorium

    The scope of planning for the natatorium includes the following: replacing the entire HVAC system and mechanical systems, replacing the roof to include new skylights, and repairing the structural steel. The PIF will assist with team locker room improvements. Plans include adding a grandstand, but are not necessarily part of the initial cost structure.

    HVAC Updates to McDowell and Evamere

    Estimates for the Evamere air conditioning project are $1.86 million. Because of the cost, the district is researching temporary solutions to provide better climate control for students and staff.

    Bus Garage Relocation

    The City of Hudson is working through Ohio EPA and Corp of Engineers wetland requirements. The facility is proceeding to 90% development of the design.

    The district financial contribution target has increased from $200k to $350k for upgrades, and the timeline has been extended to the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

    Hudson Elementary Property on Oviatt Street

    A community member donor proposes to contribute $500k to designate this property as open space/green in perpetuity. The transaction requires cooperation from the City of Hudson. Both Jane Howington (City Manager) and Phil Herman (Superintendent) met with property owners living in proximity to discuss the donor condition of removing the parking lot. Some feedback has been received questioning the business decision of forfeiting an opportunity of potential, future tax revenue.


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  • BOE Facility Update 2-27-17

    Posted by HCSD at 2/28/2017

    Recommendations from December BOE Meeting

    • PIF renewal (no tax increase) on ballot May of 2017.
    • Continue to plan for a new Middle School and renovations to elementary buildings with the White Plan as the basic structure. Use the ongoing research to modify and adjust the plan.  Extend the funding timeline to November 2017 to explore viability of options to preserve 1927 portion of the Middle School, scope of Natatorium renovations, and adjustments to elementary renovations.
    • Traffic study for school properties and city streets.
    • Continue to develop air conditioning plans for Evamere and McDowell


    Next Steps:

    • Identify architect(s), with experience in renovation.
    • Develop and provide more details regarding the site map for the middle school specifically addressing parking and bus/car flow.
    • Use resources such as Cleveland Restoration Society.
    • Partner with Hudson Heritage Association for resources and recommendations.


    Progress on Steps:

    • Westlake Reed Leskosky Architects are conducting a feasibiilty study of the 1927 building.
    • Cleveland Restoration Society Response- 1927 building is a candidate for restoration. However, their office cannot make a final determination. (See below)
    • GPD Architects have been selected to do the prebond work on the development of plans for the Middle School, renovations to the elementary schools, and a traffic and site analysis of the main campus.
    • Hasenstaub Architects are working on options for the Natatorium.


    PIF - On the ballot on May 2, Issue 13

    • Sharing information with community members regarding the PIF and how we have used it the PIF funds and will continue to use the PIF Funds
    • There will be four informational postcards sent to all Hudson School residents and business. Two have been mailed. The third is scheduled for mailing on March 17th, and the 4th will mail in April.
    • Meeting with the staff from each building
    • Mr. Cluse provided an overview of the PIF at the last Board meeting which is available on the PIF tab on the website
    • Informational video is now available on the website.


    Feasibility Study of the 1927 portion of the MS

    • With the recommendations in December, we were looking for architects with familiarity in Hudson and who had expertise in historic renovation to conduct a feasibility study on 1927 portion of the MS.
    • Prompted by conversations with the Hudson Heritage Association, and based on work that they have done at WRA, the architectural firm of Westlake, Reed, Leskosky has been asked to complete a feasibility study of the 1927 portion of the Middle School. The feasibility study will include multiple possibilities for reuse and the cost estimates associated with each rehabilitation option. The entire study is expected to take 8 weeks from start to finish. 
    • In December, we sent site plans, floor plans, and photographs of the 1927 Hudson Middle School to the Cleveland Restoration Society asking for the perspective of CRS on whether the 1927 structure has architectural significance from a historical perspective. Michael Fleenor, the Director of Preservation Services, wrote back explaining that in his opinion the original building is an excellent candidate for a historic rehabilitation. However, he also wanted us to know that only the Ohio Historic Preservation Office, working with the National Park Service, can make a formal determination of eligibility. We are currently exploring exactly what that means and how that process works.

    Continue to plan for new MS and renovations to elementary buildings with the White Plan as the basic structure:

    • Interviews with four architectural firms were conducted, on January 19 and January 26, by a committee of 17 staff and community members, including a representative from HHA,  residents of the historic district, and staff planners from the City of Hudson. As a result of the interview and reference process, GPD architects have been selected to begin the pre-bond work which includes development of draft plans for a new middle school, renovations to the elementary schools on North Hayden, a parking and traffic analysis of the main campus area, and review of the cost estimates outlined in the Master Facility Plan.
    • GPD is currently learning about each of those components and we are working with them to put together a timeline of events and actions that will need to take place this spring.
    • Good news about GPD - we had budgeted and planned for Pre-Bond architecture work, but GPD considers their pre-bond work part of their marketing/outreach efforts so unless we ask them to go beyond their normal scope of work, there is not a charge at this time for their services.


    Scope of Natatorium Renovations:

    • As I mentioned in December, one of the pieces of feedback we heard in the focus groups was a focus on and interest in better understanding what is or can be included in the Natatorium renovations.
    • Working with Hasenstab and Associates to further develop those options, as well.


    Developing Plans for Air Conditioning at Evamere and McDowell


    • Over $1 million, 354,000 in roof replacement, 1989 rubber roof.
    • Working with Peters, Tschantz & Associates to develop those plans with a focus on Evamere first.


      • Could still complete the work in phases at Evamere.


    • Derek, Kathryn, Chuck, and Phil to meet to review all projects and then plan for Evamere HVAC whether it’s in phases or the entire project



    Continued dialogue with Don Husat and Julieanne Hanscak with Hudson Heritage Association

    • The HHA is holding a special meeting on Tuesday, March 14, to learn how the city of Cleveland Heights-University Heights is applying the principles of adaptive reuse in order to preserve aspects of its historic high school as the building is being renovated for 21st century learning. HHA has invited two principals from BSHM Architects, Inc. - the firm leading the work in Cleveland Heights - to discuss the project and how the lessons learned might apply to the master facilities plan currently being implemented by the Hudson City School District.
    • The meeting, which is open to the community, will be held in the Flood Room at Hudson Library and Historical Society. The meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m.