As part of the 18-month community process to consider a master facility plan for Mariemont High School, members of the Community Steering Committee and Transition Task Force presented their latest findings to the Mariemont City Schools Board of Education on Monday, Dec. 11, at the monthly board meeting. The presentations focused on specific objectives and priorities related to the three general solutions that the board may consider for action in 2018.
“We are so thankful for the involvement and expertise from our community and staff volunteers,” said Board of Education Vice President Nan Dill. “We knew from the beginning that we wanted to hear from our residents and tap into their tremendous level of talent. Thanks to their outstanding efforts, we know any solution that we find to this serious problem will be better because we developed it alongside our community.”
The Steering Committee, comprised of 24 district residents and staff members, presented at the meeting as a representative of six different facility teams. These teams included more than 100 community members who spent the last three months researching the needs at the current high school facility. This was the latest in an 18-month long process that has included community input in every step of the way.
The Transition Task Force is a team made up of district parents, staff and students whose work centered around the transition of students should temporary housing be necessary with any possible solution
“I am very pleased with how this process has transpired and the input that we have received from countless community members over the last 18 months” said Mariemont City Schools Superintendent Steven Estepp. “We have been looking at the needs of the high school facility as well as the educational needs of our students for some time now. We know there is no zero cost option and that a plan needs to be put in place soon so that we can maximize the investment in our school and maintain the excellence in our classrooms. This process was made better by the extensive input from our community residents, students and staff.”
After presenting initial findings to the Board of Education in June, the board asked the Steering Committee to gather additional community input and knowledge through the work of the six facility teams. The committees met several times during the last three months addressing the largest needs at the high school.
“Walking into this many of us didn’t have a full understanding of the very real and serious challenges that exist at our high school for today’s students,” said community resident and member of the Community Steering Committee Kim Seichter. “However after our extensive review and looking into multiple possible solutions, it is clear to all of us that we as a district must take action in this area soon. Our students deserve the best education possible and we want our tax dollars being used the most efficient manner. It's about investing in the future of our communities.”
Board members will take this information into consideration as they prepare to decide on the next steps in the High School Master Facility Plan in the spring of 2018. For more details about this process, and to see the presentations presented by the Steering Committee and Transition Task Force, please visit the facilities page of the school district website.