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Cuyahoga Falls School Board recaps recent master facilities forum

by STeve wiandt | REPORTER Published: October 9, 2016 12:00 AM

Cuyahoga Falls -- Residents will soon be able to go to the district's website to see a recent proposal regarding the district's master facilities plan.

During the most recent Uniting For Our Future forum on Sept. 28, resident Chuck Scheatzle presented various approaches to the master facilities plan in a 35-page report with maps, figures and aerial photographs. Scheatzle is a retired electrical engineer for Goodyear.

The potential approaches he suggested are: separate high school and middle school buildings on 13th Street; a new high school at 13th Street with the middle and elementary schools remaining in their current spots; and a proposal to renovate the high school building and build a new addition at its current Fourth Street location.

Scheatzle's proposal suggests the need to get quotes from several potential pre-bond architects. He said the pre-bond architects would examine the potential for building on the 13th Street site and Fourth Street site.

He shows in his report he found the district owns 18.9 acres on Fourth Street, about twice the 9.9 figure that was originally being used by the district.

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Using drawings and maps, Scheatzle showed the Fourth Street property is large enough to accommodate buildings the size of Akron Firestone middle school and high school.

Dr. Todd Nichols, superintendent of Cuyahoga Falls City Schools, said Scheatzle's presentation, which is titled "Buildings -- Next Step," will be posted on the school district's website, cfalls.org, along with all of the Uniting For Our Future documents and presentations.

Members of the Board of Education on Oct. 5 discussed the forum that took place on Sept. 28.

Nichols said Uniting For Our Future meets the second and fourth Wednesday of every month to discuss the district's master facilities plan. Topics at those meetings do not include Issue 40, the district's renewal levy on the Nov. 8 ballot, he added.

The group was recently renamed, Nichols said, to avoid any confusion with the levy committee.

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Nichols invited board members -- who have been attending the forum as members of the audience --to get involved in the study groups that have formed.

"You can participate in those four study groups," he said. "What I would strongly encourage you to do is bring in members of the community. What we desperately need now is voices at the table."

The four study groups are:

1. Model educational environment;

2. Renovate, rebuild or do nothing;

3. Locations and transitions; and

4. Finances and timelines.

The next meeting of the Uniting For Our Future group will take place Oct. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at Roberts Middle School cafeteria, 3333 Charles St.


In his business operations report, Nichols said thanks to an article in the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press and postings on Facebook, the district has hired three new bus drivers and is in the process of hiring three more once they meet the requirements.

The district started the new year with a shortage of bus drivers. As a result, maintenance staff has been assisting with transportation.

Email: swiandt@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9420

Twitter: @SteveWiandt_RPC

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