Roxboro Pilot Classroom Will Be Unveiled At CH-UH Board Meeting

The CH-UH School Board will showcase the updated classroom at Roxboro Middle School at its special board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.

In May, the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board at and as part of the district's proposed facilities master plan.

One of those pilots will be unveiled at the special board meeting tonight, Aug. 21. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. at Roxboro Middle School. The primary focus of the agenda is the facilities discussion, but some time will be dedicated to showcasing the new space.

The final item on the agenda is the work session to discuss the next steps of the facilities master plan.

Superintendent Douglas Heuer announced at the regular meeting Aug. 7 that the Ohio School Facilities Commission accepted Plan C, the facilities master plan . The board also voted 4-1 to submit that plan to the OSFC.

The OSFC, which administers the state’s comprehensive K-12 public school construction program, also committed the state to pitching in approximately $22.8 million toward Plan C, or a revised version of it once the district moves forward with the project.

But the rest of the funding for the proposed $206.2 million plan has not been finalized. The on the November ballot that would have paid for a large portion of the plan.

The board could decide if it wants to lock in the funding rate that created the $22.8 million, or if it wants to gamble and see if the rate will be better next year. And to lock in that rate, the district would have to invest at least $1 million into the plan this school year.

“If the board would spend $1 million or in excess of a million dollars this year on any portion of the plan, that would enable the board to petition to the OSFC to lock in this percentage,” Heuer explained.  “…It’s almost impossible to predict where you may be from one year to the other.”

The $1 million must be spent on what the OSFC deems “co-fundable,” and does not include work on a high school stadium, auditorium or natatorium, said Steve Shergalis, business services director.

“Depending on where we go with this, I would work with the OSFC to see if the work we are doing this year at the high school and in the other two pilot programs would in fact qualify,” Shergalis said.

The full agenda has been included with this article. Look for highlights from the meeting soon.

Lisa Rainsong August 21, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Thanks for the update. I would like to know more about the pilot classrooms, as I haven't gotten a clear idea about what makes them different and desirable. I'd like to hear something more detailed from the school board about their design, their function, and why they would be beneficial for students. What I've read from the school board so far has been too vague, as if everyone already knows what these classrooms would look like and how they would be used.
Michelle Simakis (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Thanks for your comment, Lisa. I've asked the district for more details about the classrooms and hope to run something tomorrow.
Garry Kanter August 21, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I'll be there tonight to see for myself. I didn't know the meeting wasn't at the BOE. You're a lifesaver, Michelle!
amandashaffer August 21, 2012 at 05:40 PM
I agree with Lisa! I even emailed Angie Shaker to request additional information about the classrooms and got no reply.
Nunov Yorbisnis August 22, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Lisa, they are being vague for a reason. They tried this 3 or 4 years ago. They had tons of information about open indoor-outdoor spaces/12st century classrooms etc. They showed "before and after" pics. The Befores were 30 black kids crammed into tiny corners at tiny tables with no windows at Noble school. The afters were 15 extremely white kids in huge rooms with 30 foot ceilings and coffeehouse-like couches. No walls, everything was glass or white. The new spaces if you read the whole document were at Stamford University engineering school and a bunch of private prep schools in Europe. If you go to the district website there is some more information available. If you take the time to read through all of it, you will see how big of waste of money it is. If it was really better to tear down a building rather than maintain it our community of older homes wouldnt exist. Dont get me started!


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