Westerville City School District leaders are starting the conversation about updating district facilities.

Superintendent John Kellogg described the recommendations of a residents-led committee Jan. 24 at McVay Elementary School in the first of seven meetings to gather input.

The recommendations include a $35 million renovation/expansion project at Westerville South High School and a new middle school estimated to cost $18 million.

The committee also rated districtwide safety/security initiatives as critical.

Kellogg said the scope and cost of any improvements would depend on the community’s involvement process.

“Some or all can be financed without going on the ballot,” he said. “I think it should be determined through this community-involvement process. The goal is long-sighted to position the district for the long term.”

Additional meetings will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, at Westerville South, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.; 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 29, at Hawthorne Elementary School, 5001 Farview Drive; and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Early Learning Center, 936 Eastwind Drive.

Residents may provide input at wcsoh.org/TimesChange to provide input.

Facilities recommendations are expected to be made to the school board in early June.

For more on this story, read the Jan. 31 edition of ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion.