Last month, Grandview Heights Schools hosted the first of several community meetings focusing on the design of our new 4-8 grade school building and the renovation of Grandview Heights High School.

Thank you to those who attended the meeting and provided valuable input.

Since December, Grandview Heights Schools and architects from Moody Nolan and Perkins+Will have met with various stakeholders so we can design buildings that reflect the educational vision of our schools and community.

We know we must design "future-ready" buildings that are flexible enough to keep up with demands of a modern education and will be able to serve our students and community for generations to come.

There are multiple committees and community meetings to help us shape the design of our buildings. We have engaged a group of more than 45 stakeholders, including staff, students, administrators and community members, to gather data about our facility needs based on enrollment and the educational programming we offer to our students.

At our first community meeting, attendees were provided with an overview of the design process, a tentative design and construction timeline, as well as drafts of the building plans. They were then asked to provide feedback on three varying draft schemes of the buildings, as well as possible interior spaces and exterior designs.

This activity was extremely helpful and will inform the design process moving forward.

If you did not attend the meeting, you still can be a part of the planning.

We have placed all presentations, a video of our first meeting, agendas and news regarding the facilities planning process on our district website, ghcsd.org.

There also is an onlinefeedback form available on the website for those who would like to provide input as we move forward in the process.

We will host the second building design community meeting at 7 p.m. March 27, then again at 9 a.m. March 28, in the John Glenn Community Center at Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School, 1260 Oakland Ave.

Thank you for your support of our school district as we plan for exciting times ahead. Our goal is to provide modern, efficient and safe schools for our students and deliver on time and on budget.

For the latest information and to provide feedback on the design phase of the facilities master plan, visit our website.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have regarding this important process at superintendent@ghcsd.org.

Andy Culp is superintendent of Grandview Heights Schools.