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West Geauga Master Planning

Dear West Geauga Residents:

West Geauga is embarking on a Master Planning project to examine the educational and facility-related needs of our school district. As academic programming, security needs, technology, co-curricular and extracurricular offerings evolve; we are studying our buildings and grounds to plan for future needs. Such projects take time. Renovation and/or construction of facilities are major undertakings. We need to start to explore options now so that we are prepared as needs arise. We owe that to our students and to our community.

The West Geauga Board of Education has hired an architectural firm, BSHM Architects, Inc., to facilitate the Master Planning process. If all goes as expected, the planning should be completed and a presentation made to the Board in December 2018. Much will need to happen between now and then.

The first part of the process involves gathering data on district enrollment projections, board initiatives, educational programs and services, and the conditions of our buildings and grounds. Next, we will seek input from various stakeholder groups, both internal and external. This will include administrators, teachers, support staff, and students in our schools. It will also engage parents, school support organizations, and residents from the greater West Geauga community

As information is gathered and facility options are studied, they will be shared with the community by way of the media, the district website, and community dialogues. Various options will be explored. Some will involve renovation of existing buildings. Others could include new construction. The options will be presented, studied, and discussed. Eventually, the Board, with input from the various school and community stakeholder groups, will select an option to pursue. At this point, we do not know what that option will be. However, we know that it will be one to accommodate our students’ educational needs in the near and foreseeable future. 

Master Planning is an exciting process for a school district and its community. As we embark upon ours, we welcome your input. As always, thank you for your support of your schools. 

Sincerely,

Rich Markwardt, Ph.D 

 

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