Planning the design of our new and renovated Grandview Heights Schools buildings is well underway, and none of this work would be possible without guidance and help from our community.

Community input is crucial to the success of our design process. We have begun working with area residents and will continue to engage the community throughout the design and construction of the new and upgraded schools.

Together with our architects, we have created a committee structure -- composed largely of community members -- that will provide input to our school district and school board throughout the course of design planning.

These six committees represent all aspects of the process, from educational to environmental to traffic flow and building functionality. Their job is to inform the entire process so that the final recommendations to the board are thorough and well-rounded.

The Community Environmental Team includes community members who will explore and share sustainability ideas for the new and renovated buildings.

The Neighborhood Group is composed of residents who live adjacent to the facility project on Fairview, West First and Oakland avenues. They will be contacted directly by the district and will be asked to provide feedback throughout each step of design and construction.

The Programming Committee offers feedback to architects on designing educational spaces that meet the needs of today's world and beyond.

Staff and Student User Groups will share their thoughts on the design of spaces related to their educational expertise and positions in the school district.

The Architect Review Team will share their expertise on the developed plans.

Lastly, the District Core Team consists of district leadership and employees and is charged with ensuring all projects stay on budget and on schedule. This group also will collect recommendations from all of the other committees and is responsible for making a final recommendation to the board.

To date, Grandview Heights Schools has hosted two building design community meetings. More than 120 community and staff members attended each session.

During each one, architects presented three schematic options, upon which attendees shared invaluable feedback.

Mark your calendars for the next meeting, which will be offered at two different times: 7 p.m. May 15 and 9 a.m. May 16. Both meetings will be held in the John Glenn Community Center at Edison Intermediate/Larson Middle School, 1240 Oakland Ave.

In addition to these structured committees, residents can stay informed and provide input in several other ways, such as attending the community meetings, checking their mailboxes and inboxes for newsletters and emails, following the Grandview Heights Schools Facebook page, and visiting the "Facilities Planning" tab on the district's website, On the website, residents will find information, presentations and video of meetings.

The design process will take a little more than a year, and we want you to be engaged throughout this important stage. Great ideas can come from anywhere, and none of us can think of everything on our own.

We hope to see you at a future meeting and encourage you to be a part of the conversation.

Andy Culp is superintendent of Grandview Heights Schools.