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.
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.
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.
(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:
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:
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 …
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.
Recommendations from December BOE Meeting
Progress on Steps:
PIF - On the ballot on May 2, Issue 13
Feasibility Study of the 1927 portion of the MS
Continue to plan for new MS and renovations to elementary buildings with the White Plan as the basic structure:
Scope of Natatorium Renovations:
Developing Plans for Air Conditioning at Evamere and McDowell
Continued dialogue with Don Husat and Julieanne Hanscak with Hudson Heritage Association