As a financial advisory committee continues its work reviewing issues relating to the potential cost and scope of a recommended school facilities plan, the resident group Good For Grandview will hold two public-information sessions.
The group will hold its meetings at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, and Wednesday, March 21. Both meetings will be held in the meeting room at the Grandview Heights Public Library, 1685 W. First Ave.
The gatherings will be follow-ups to two previous sessions the group has held.
"We've had a good cross-section of people from the community attend our first two meetings," said Dot Keil, one of Good for Grandview's organizers.
"We're holding the meetings to continue to provide people with information they may not be aware of and that help them look at the facilities issue in a more-global context," she said.
"More importantly, we're trying to provide an open forum for discussion in a way that some community members weren't able to do because of the scale and scope of the district's engagement meetings," Keil said.
The district's committee is reviewing the recommended facility plan Superintendent Andy Culp presented in September and considering the scope and cost of the proposed project.
Culp recommended the district pursue a plan to renovate the high school and Stevenson Elementary School and to construct a new building for grades 4-8 on the current site of Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School.
The estimated cost of the project is between $45 million and $50 million.
The committee also is being asked to make recommendations regarding a construction timeline, how the project could be funded, improvements for the K-12 athletic complex and whether the district should seek an operating levy in November 2018.
The group also will determine what the exact costs to residents will be, evaluate the district's permanent-improvement fund and recommend whether Grandview should engage the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to make the project potentially eligible for a partial reimbursement from the commission.
The Feb. 27 meeting of Good for Grandview will address a number of issues, including where Grandview ranks among Franklin County school districts in property taxes, Keil said.
The group is not against a facilities project or a potential bond issue or levy, Keil said.
"What we are concerned about is that the school district presents a project and a ballot measure that is something the community can support," she said.
Many of the people who have attended the group's previous meetings have expressed their belief that the plan that has been recommended is too expensive for the community to support, Keil said.
About 50 people attended the group's last meeting Jan. 30, she said.
"They haven't just been meetings where people just come to complain about things," Keil said. "I think people are coming to the meeting engaged in the issues and wanting to find out more."
Members of the district's financial advisory committee have attended the group's previous meetings, she said.
"Our meetings are open to the public and we encourage everyone to attend," Keil said. "We're looking to hold as transparent a process in our meetings as the district has in their facility process."
The 14-member financial advisory committee is working toward presenting a set of recommendations to the school board in April.
No final decisions have been made regarding the amount, scope of work or exact costs of any potential levy, Culp said.
The district "will continue to engage our community so that we can shape the plan together and determine what is best for the short- and long-term financial sustainability of our school district," he said.