What's Next: 5 Things to Know Following the Levy Passage

Posted: 7/2/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

What’s Next: 5 Things to Know Following the Levy Passage

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While Gahanna Jefferson students and families are hopefully enjoying a relaxing summer break, the district is hard at work on next steps after voters passed the recent school levy. The approved funding will allow the district to begin implementing the Master Facilities Plan that positions Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools for future growth and much needed improvements.

Here are five things you should know:

1.  The process is already underway

Following the May vote, Superintendent Steve Barrett immediately began making plans to engage the students, parents and community members on the next steps. The district’s architect of record was called in to meet with Lincoln Elementary students and teachers to find out what their wish list included for the new school. Some of the students’ answers were pretty entertaining – check out the video if you missed it!

The district also is reengaging with the Master Facilities Planning Committee made up of community leaders, teachers, local real-estate and construction experts and more.

In addition, meetings will be scheduled with the community in the Middle School South neighborhood to talk about the coming elementary school. Some of the issues/ideas discussed include the importance of preserving green space and ensuring that bus drop-off is efficient and non-disruptive.

“We have already begun a traffic study to ensure we are thoughtful about how the buses will operate,” said Barrett. “We also have talked about making the new Lincoln Elementary two stories to ensure we are saving green space.”

2.  Community input is welcome

According to Barrett, he is ready to start the dialogue for Phase 2 of the Master Facilities Plan which includes deciding on the future of Lincoln High School.

“We are focused on transparency and wanting to keep the community informed,” said Barrett.

Once scheduled, community members will be encouraged to attend one of the discussions to provide their feedback on possible high school solutions.

3.  Architects are being sought 

While an architect was enlisted to interview students and teachers prior to summer break, an RFQ process will take place later this summer to encourage architectural firms to submit proposals for the work of building a new Lincoln Elementary and making classroom renovations district-wide. 

4.  It will take a while

While rolling up sleeves and executing the Master Facilities Plan is a top priority for the district, it is important to get the work done right for the future of the district. According to Barrett, the process includes 18 months of planning and another 18 months of building for Lincoln Elementary. The groundbreaking is expected to take place in a year and a half.  

5.  The district is grateful for your support

The levy passed by a wide margin and was really a community effort according to Barrett.

“The support was amazing and overwhelming,” said Barrett. “Community members really understood the need for a new Lincoln Elementary, updating our classrooms and providing the best possible learning environment for our students.”

The levy passage resulted in a strong sense of community and a deep belief in Gahanna’s bright future, he added.

Architects meet with LE students

 Architects meet with LE teachers

 

What's Next: 5 Things to Know Following the Levy Passage

Posted: 7/2/2018 Categories: District News, HOMEPAGE Headlines, Lincoln High School News, Blacklick Elementary News, Chapelfield Elementary, Goshen Lane Elementary News, High Point Elementary News, Jefferson Elementary News, Lincoln Elementary News, Royal Manor Elementary News, Middle School South News, Middle School East News, Middle School West News

What’s Next: 5 Things to Know Following the Levy Passage

Gahanna Strong Logo

While Gahanna Jefferson students and families are hopefully enjoying a relaxing summer break, the district is hard at work on next steps after voters passed the recent school levy. The approved funding will allow the district to begin implementing the Master Facilities Plan that positions Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools for future growth and much needed improvements.

Here are five things you should know:

1.  The process is already underway

Following the May vote, Superintendent Steve Barrett immediately began making plans to engage the students, parents and community members on the next steps. The district’s architect of record was called in to meet with Lincoln Elementary students and teachers to find out what their wish list included for the new school. Some of the students’ answers were pretty entertaining – check out the video if you missed it!

The district also is reengaging with the Master Facilities Planning Committee made up of community leaders, teachers, local real-estate and construction experts and more.

In addition, meetings will be scheduled with the community in the Middle School South neighborhood to talk about the coming elementary school. Some of the issues/ideas discussed include the importance of preserving green space and ensuring that bus drop-off is efficient and non-disruptive.

“We have already begun a traffic study to ensure we are thoughtful about how the buses will operate,” said Barrett. “We also have talked about making the new Lincoln Elementary two stories to ensure we are saving green space.”

2.  Community input is welcome

According to Barrett, he is ready to start the dialogue for Phase 2 of the Master Facilities Plan which includes deciding on the future of Lincoln High School.

“We are focused on transparency and wanting to keep the community informed,” said Barrett.

Once scheduled, community members will be encouraged to attend one of the discussions to provide their feedback on possible high school solutions.

3.  Architects are being sought 

While an architect was enlisted to interview students and teachers prior to summer break, an RFQ process will take place later this summer to encourage architectural firms to submit proposals for the work of building a new Lincoln Elementary and making classroom renovations district-wide. 

4.  It will take a while

While rolling up sleeves and executing the Master Facilities Plan is a top priority for the district, it is important to get the work done right for the future of the district. According to Barrett, the process includes 18 months of planning and another 18 months of building for Lincoln Elementary. The groundbreaking is expected to take place in a year and a half.  

5.  The district is grateful for your support

The levy passed by a wide margin and was really a community effort according to Barrett.

“The support was amazing and overwhelming,” said Barrett. “Community members really understood the need for a new Lincoln Elementary, updating our classrooms and providing the best possible learning environment for our students.”

The levy passage resulted in a strong sense of community and a deep belief in Gahanna’s bright future, he added.

Architects meet with LE students

 Architects meet with LE teachers