Potential solutions to the Grandview Heights City School District's facilities needs will be shown to the public during a meeting early next month.

The gathering is set for 6:30 p.m. May 1 in the commons area at Edison Intermediate/ Larson Middle School, 1240 Oakland Ave.

"We will be presenting three to five options as possible ways we could potentially address the $44 million in deferred maintenance costs that were identified during the assessment and visioning phase of the facilities planning process," Superintendent Andy Culp said.

"These potential options are being developed working collaboratively with our facilities planner (Frank Locker Educational Planners) and our architect (OHM Advisors)," he said.

Estimated costs for each option also will be revealed during the May 1 meeting, Culp said.

The options are being developed "along a continuum that includes repair, renovate and new, or a mix of those," he said.

"We will be using the feedback we receive from the community, our staff and our facilities task force to help revise and narrow the list of options," Culp said. "Those revised options will be presented at the next community engagement meeting we've scheduled for June 8."

The timeline includes a third community engagement meeting Aug. 3, during which further revised options will be presented, he said.

The target is to present a final recommendation to the school board at its Sept. 19 meeting, Culp said.

"We will be garnering feedback from the community, staff and our task force after each of the community engagement meetings," he said.

Residents who attend the May 1 meeting and the subsequent sessions will give their feedback on an exit ticket, Culp said.

After each meeting, other community members, district staff and the facilities task force will have the chance to complete a survey regarding the potential options and other facility topics relating to each school, the high school auditorium, the high school's front facade, the kindergarten annex and the district's athletic facilities, he said.

The survey will be available after each meeting on the facilities planning page via the district's website, ghcsd.org, Culp said.

Each community engagement meeting will be recorded and that video as well as other information about the potential options will be posted online, he said.

The district has mailed notices about the May 1 meeting to each residence in Grandview and Marble Cliff, Treasurer Beth Collier said.

"We wanted to reach out to everyone, not just parents of students," she said.

"It's important that all elements of our community are involved in the process and share their feedback," Culp said. "Any potential option that is recommended would need to be something the public would support and that fits in with the values of the community."

About three-fourths of the residences in Grandview and Marble Cliff currently have no students enrolled in the schools, he said.

Another way district officials are engaging the community and gathering feedback is through community coffees that anyone is invited to host, Culp said.

"Anyone who wants to host a coffee can contact us to set up a date and invite anyone they want to," he said. "We'll be there. We've already had a few residents who scheduled a coffee meeting at their home."

The district will give a tour of the high school athletic facilities at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, Culp said.

A tour of the kindergarten annex building will be offered at 6:30 p.m. May 2.

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