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Hudson superintendent Phil Herman gives update on facilities plan

By TIM TROGLEN Reporter Published: March 5, 2017 12:03 AM
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HUDSON -- Superintendent Phil Herman gave an update on the ongoing process of the overall master Facilities Plan at the Feb. 27 Board of Education meeting.

The plan includes the middle school and a variety of renovations to elementary schools.

A firm has been hired to complete a separate feasibility study on the middle school including future usage and maintaining the 1927 portion of the building.

The Board is using what it called its "white plan" as a basic guideline for the middle school and other building renovations, according to Herman.

The white plan includes constructing a new middle school for sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders which would have a lifespan of about 75 years, adding air conditioning to Evamere and McDowell elementary schools, moving the central offices to McDowell and a variety of renovations. Grade level alignments would remain the same. The estimated price tag for the plan is $81.55 million.

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The Board recently hired the architectural firm of Westlake Reed Leskosky to complete a feasibility study of the 1927 portion of the middle school which could take up to eight weeks to complete, according to Herman.

"The feasibility study will include multiple possibilities for reuse and the cost estimates associated with each option," Herman said. "I'm anticipating the results hopefully within about three weeks."

The study is costing the district $19,500, according to Treasurer Kathryn Sines.

According to Herman the 1927 portion of the building could be eligible for historic rehabilitation, but the final decision from the Ohio Historic Preservation Office could make that determination.

In anticipation of future construction of a middle school, the district has also hired GPD Architects for pre-bond work to develop plans for a new middle school, renovations to elementary schools and to study traffic patterns and review cost estimates.

The district is also moving forward with development plans on the natatorium renovations and various costs associated with a variety of options as well as plans to install air-conditioning at Evamere and McDowell Elementary Schools.

"We are exploring the total funds needed when we have those engineer's estimates," Herman said. "We could begin that as early as this summer or it could be done in phases or we may need to hold until the summer of 2018 to begin."

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