Grandview Heights City School District leaders will look for another planning consultant or architect to help guide the district through its facilities planning process.

Grandview Heights City School District leaders will look for another planning consultant or architect to help guide the district through its facilities planning process.

The district has ended its agreement with Harrison Planning Group, which had served as a consultant in the process of determining a potential plan for addressing the aging school buildings.

Superintendent Andy Culp was reticent about what led to Harrison's departure.

"At this point, Grandview City Schools and Kevin Harrison of Harrison Planning Group have separated and they are no longer involved in our facilities planning process," Culp said.

The two sides have "irreconcilable differences," he said.

Asked several times to elaborate, Culp would only repeat that there were "irreconcilable differences."

Kevin Harrison did not return multiple calls for comment from ThisWeek Tri-Village News.

Board Vice President Jesse Truett, who serves on the district's facilities task force, also could not be reached for comment.

Culp said earlier this week the task force had scheduled a meeting for Oct. 26 "to discuss the next steps in the process."

That likely will involve contracting with another consultant or architect, he said.

The district agreed to pay $117,730 in total to Harrison Planning Group for its work, Treasurer Beth Collier said.

Under the agreement, Harrison had been billing the district throughout the process as work was completed

The final bill Harrison submitted was for $73,330; the district has paid that bill and is not responsible for the remaining $44,400, Collier said

The assessments of the district's school buildings Harrison's team conducted for the district are "valid and reliable" and will continue to be used as the process continues, Culp said.

The Edge Group is completing an assessment of the athletic facilities across from the high school, he said. That study will not be completed for several more weeks.

Culp said he is unsure how the separation with Harrison will impact the duration of the facility planning process.

"I've said all along the process will dictate the timeline, the timeline will not dictate the process," he said.

The need to hire a new consultant should not impact the planned schedule of community meetings, Culp said.

The first set of building-specific meetings were held as scheduled this month. Another round of community meetings begins Nov. 7 at Stevenson Elementary School and continues Nov. 9 at Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School and Nov. 21 at the high school. All three meetings begin at 7 p.m.

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The original contract with Harrison Planning Group was for $117,730. Throughout the process, he was billing the district for the work he had completed. The final total of the bill he submitted was $73,330, which the district paid. The remaining $44,400 of the original contract was not billed or paid.