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Board Narrows List of High School Options to Three

Board Narrows List of High School Options to Three

The Mariemont City Schools Board of Education has narrowed the high school Master Facility Plan to three options. The category #1 option is to repair and replace systems as needed with very little modification to the existing building.  Category #2 is a partial replacement with large renovations and additions.  The category #3 option is an all new high school facility.

This decision was made after the first year of community engagement in a two-year process to develop a master facility plan. The district had been considering eight different options as potential solutions for the challenges with Mariemont High School. In the spring the district hosted three design workshops and collected feedback from over 250 different community members, staff and students. Using this feedback, input from the steering committee and the expertise of the design architects and construction consultants, the board was able to narrow the choices to three.

“The process to develop a Master Facility Plan for Mariemont High School continues as we begin a new school year” said Superintendent Steven Estepp.  “As the building approaches 50 years in age and the costs of repairs and upkeep escalate, we are taking the time to thoroughly evaluate the state of the high school now to be proactive and give ourselves time to research all options extensively.”

Drawings, descriptions and estimated costs for each category are available for review on the facilities page at www.mariemontschools.org.  The page also includes the potential cost to residents based on the market value of their property.

The work now shifts to six facility teams where nearly 100 community members and staff will research and explore design/architecture, academic spaces, technology, arts, athletics and finance to identify needs, wants and priorities for our high school facility. 

The district remains on course to have the Board approve a Master Facility Plan for the high school by the spring of 2018.

“Both the transparency of the Mariemont High School Master Facility Planning process and community involvement are critical to the success of this work” said Estepp. “It is up to all of us to be involved in analyzing and assessing the future of our high school.”  

Mariemont City Schools will be hosting several school chats planned for September and a community forum on November 1.  Those interested can find more information and details on the district website.