I'm a member of the Facilities Task Force for Upper Arlington schools. I joined this team because my children were students at UA and hopefully I will have grandchildren that will attend UA schools in the future.

To the Editor:

I'm a member of the Facilities Task Force for Upper Arlington schools. I joined this team because my children were students at UA and hopefully I will have grandchildren that will attend UA schools in the future.

The task force is a group of community members who are helping to guide the current and much-needed master planning process for our school buildings.

Our schools are old -- on average more than 60 years old. Through great maintenance efforts, our buildings appear acceptable and many of the internal mechanical systems have lasted far longer than expected. But the time has come to make conscious decisions on how we move forward.

A professional assessment of our facilities just determined that it will cost approximately $188 million over the next 15 years to keep our buildings operating as they are. But do we really want to keep these buildings just as they are? Can Upper Arlington continue to be a national leader in education if our learning environments are designed for a 1960s education rather than the 21st-century skills our students need today?

You don't have to have children attending the schools to voice an opinion; we want everyone's voice to be heard! I encourage everyone to take the time to get involved in the next phase of the facilities process.

The volunteers on our building teams will explore and research the best financial and educational options for our schools. This is extremely important for this generation of students and those to come. Visit www.uaschools.org/facilities to learn more.

Lianne McGlade

Upper Arlington