Spring is finally here (although it may not feel like it yet), and I hope the coming nice weather allows you to spend some time outside with friends and family.

I am pleased to share an update on the Grandview Heights City School District's facility planning process.

In January, I convened a financial advisory committee to review and analyze data in order to make a recommendation to me regarding the final phase of the two-and-a-half-year process.

The committee is composed of 14 community members with high-level business and finance backgrounds and includes the mayors of the city of Grandview Heights and the village of Marble Cliff as ex officio members.

I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to these community members who have volunteered their time and expertise to review current data, understand the complexities of school finance and provide their input and expert analysis relative to their task as members of our financial advisory committee. Their investment and service above self has been admirable and impressive.

In addition, experts in school construction/design, bond financing and enrollment projections have provided information and analysis, answered questions and offered additional information when requested by committee members.

Grandview Mayor Ray DeGraw also provided an update regarding current projected school district revenues from the Grandview Yard development and related school compensation agreement.

Committee members have asked tough questions and are eager to think outside the box to consider creative solutions to fund and phase the facility plan. It is important to members to present a plan that would address the district's comprehensive facility needs at the best value for taxpayers.

Thank you to all of the community members who are asking questions and providing valuable feedback as we continue to shape the school facility plan. We still have a lot of work to do, and we need your help.

Our goal is to continue to inform our community on this important issue. The best way we can do that is by having conversations with you. Please plan to attend the monthly Coffee & Conversation with Superintendent Andy Culp gatherings that take place from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. the third Friday of each month. The open-conversation format is an opportunity to discuss a variety of subjects. We also have building tours available during April and May.

Visit ghcsd.org for the coffee and building-tour schedules.

Also, please consider hosting a coffee for your neighbors and friends so we can continue to inform and answer questions about the facility planning process. It's a great way to gather in an informal setting and have meaningful conversation. Email Hayley Head at hayley.head@ghcsd.org to schedule a coffee.

Thank you for your continued support of our schools.

Andy Culp is superintendent of the Grandview Heights City School District.