After nearly three years of research and community engagement, we are close to making a final decision on our facility plan.

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the Grandview Heights High School auditorium, the financial advisory committee, a community group led by residents with professional backgrounds in finance and leadership, will present its initial recommendations on the scope, funding and phasing of the facility plan. Yet, the most important part of this community engagement meeting will be the feedback our residents provide regarding these initial findings and recommendations.

I would like to thank the committee members for volunteering countless hours of their time to help provide a strong direction for the future of our school buildings. It is important to them that any recommendations take into consideration the urgent need to address our aging schools, while ensuring this plan remains at a reasonable cost to our residents.

As part of their work, they reviewed the district's financial forecast, student enrollment projections, operating levy scenarios, bond millage calculations and Grandview Yard revenue projections. They took into consideration the impact of inflation on construction and borrowing costs, how to phase in any construction plan to minimize disruption for students, and the possibility of addressing athletic facilities. They examined current safety upgrades for new and renovated schools, and the types of building systems, materials and finishings needed to ensure the facilities are built to last for the next 50 years.

The committee asked tough questions, challenged assumptions and served as excellent advocates for our students and community. Its investment and commitment to the process is valued and appreciated.

Now, we need your help in the final development of the plan. Through all this work, the most critical part is to make sure any plan for the future of our schools is the community's plan. That's why your continued feedback is so important to us.

We encourage you to "Join the Conversation" on May 29 as the community-led financial advisory committee presents its initial findings.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, an online survey will be available immediately following the meeting through June 14 at ghcsd.org. Thank you for your continued support.

Andy Culp is superintendent of the Grandview Heights City School District.