Grandview Heights City Schools Superintendent Andy Culp will present a reduced set of facility options for the district at the next community engagement meeting June 8.

The meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school commons, 1240 Oakland Ave.

"Based on the feedback we've received after our first community engagement meeting (May 1), we've narrowed the list down from seven potential options to three," Culp said.

Although he declined to reveal the specific options, Culp said those interested should have little problem figuring them out by reviewing the results of the online and exit ticket surveys conducted at and following the first meeting.

"It's quite clear from the feedback we've received that our community puts a lot of value on the Stevenson Elementary building and its current location and on the front facade of the high school building that faces Third Avenue," he said.

Community members also expressed their desire to maintain the current 980-seat high school auditorium, Culp said.

"I don't think it comes as much of a surprise that the community values the historic architecture of our high school building," he said.

A total of 597 adults completed at least a portion of the online survey, Culp said. Of that number, 535 answered all 29 questions.

At the community engagement meeting, Culp presented four general draft options, along with three sub-options for a total of seven proposals for how the district could address the $44 million in deferred maintenance and repairs that were identified during an assessment of the district's three school buildings and kindergarten annex building.

The four general options were:

* Option 1 -- Repair and renovate the three existing buildings at their current locations with an estimated to cost between $50 and $55 million.

* Option 2 -- Repair and renovate Stevenson Elementary School for kindergarten through third grade and build one or two new schools for grades four through 12. This is the schools' current configuration. This option is estimated to cost between $45 and $50 million.

* Option 3 -- Build one new school on the current high school/middle school site for all kindergarten through eighth-grade students and renovate the high school. This is estimated to cost between $50 and $55 million.

* Option 4 -- Build one new school on the current high school/middle school site for all kindergarten through 12th-grade students, including a new 500-seat auditorium. This is estimated to cost between $65 and $70 million.

When asked which of the four options would be the best choice for the district, 39 percent chose option 1 and 25 percent selected option 2.

Options 3 and 4 were each named as the best option by 12 percent.

Eleven percent said they favored another option.

Fifty-eight percent chose option 4 as the one they liked the least, followed by option 1 with 27 percent. Five percent chose option 3 as their least favorite and 4 percent selected option 2.

A total of 74 percent said preserving the front of the current high school facing Third Avenue was important to them, with 26 percent stating it was not very important or not important at all.

Eighty percent of respondents said they favored renovating the existing 890-seat high school auditorium instead of having a new 500-seat facility in a new high school building.

Eighty-four percent oppose or strongly oppose the idea of including a cafetorium -- a large room that would used as both a cafeteria and an auditorium -- instead of a 500-seat auditorium in a new high school building.

A large majority -- 74 percent -- opposed the idea of closing Stevenson Elementary and moving students into a new building on the high school/middle school campus.

When asked about addressing the high school and middle school buildings, nearly two-third of those responding indicated they preferred renovating the high school and building a new school for fourth- through eighth-graders rather than constructing one new school with separate wings for grades fourth through eighth and another for high school students.

"At the end of the day, my challenge from the board of education is to address the $44 million in deferred maintenance that exists," Culp said.

The most pressing question for the community as the process continues is determining the best option for addressing the needs for the building for fourth through eighth grades, he said.

Along with the community survey of adults, district staff members and students were surveyed and those attending the meeting May 1 were asked to fill out an exit ticket survey.

Another online survey and exit ticket questionnaire will be offered to the community after the June 8 meeting, Culp said.

A further refinement of options will be made before a final community engagement meeting scheduled for Aug. 3.

Culp plans to make a final recommendation to the school board at its Sept. 19 meeting.

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