North Royalton City Schools
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The Plan

 
THE ELEMENTARY PLAN
 
Renderings as of 4/2/18.  Design is not finalized and still being reviewed.
 
 TDA rendering of North Royalton Elementary School
 
TDA rendering - North Royalton Elementary School interior 
 
Click here for 3D rendering by ThenDesign Architecture (initial design as of 4/2/18 - not finalized).

Where would the one elementary school be built?
  • The district owns approximately 23 acres of property on the southwest corner of State Road and Valley Parkway. This site is centrally located within the boundaries of our school district.
  • By being centrally located, this will assist with designing transportation routes throughout the district.
  • The school district will begin having discussions with the Metroparks to determine if there can be some opportunities for shared use spaces with the land.
 
 
 How does the concept of one centralized elementary school look? 
  • The architecture of the new elementary building will be designed by staff, students and community, under the guidance of professional architects and planners, to support student-centered learning. 
  • The community will be asked to think differently and create a unique space to shape the future of North Royalton City Schools. The building will redefine what a school looks like, maximizing every square foot and providing flexibility for teaching and learning to better prepare our youngest students to thrive in middle school, high school, and beyond. 
  • Design work will begin immediately after the passage of the bond issue. 
  • One centralized elementary school in North Royalton will complement the one building we have for our middle school students and one building for high school students.
What are the benefits of having one elementary school?
  • The building would be configured into smaller “schools within a school” with shared core spaces such as small group instruction areas, gymnasiums, cafeteria and offices to allow for consolidation of personnel and services.
  • One elementary school meets the district goals of increasing teacher and student collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking opportunities.
  • Allows for teachers in the same grade level, as well as teachers in upper/lower grade levels, to work together to create lesson plans and an educational road map to meet the needs of all students.
  • One elementary school increases student safety and security. 
  • Balanced class sizes at each grade level, lowering student/teacher ratios.
  • Eliminates the travel time for small-group instructors, intervention specialists, and service providers which increases student contact time, efficiency and provides cost-benefits to the district. 
  • Fosters unity and spirit among students from both North Royalton and Broadview Heights communities.
  • The building would be designed to accommodate all-day, every-day kindergarten for families that request this option.
How will the elementary school be designed to accommodate all students in one building?
  • Classrooms that open into large group instructional areas which provide spaces for the students to explore, present, perform and work independently or in small groups. 
  • A large space for a specific curriculum area, like science, that can be reconfigured easily to individual labs to be used by the entire building. 
  • The center core of the building might feature art, music, and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) labs. 
  • Multi-function dining areas offering students a variety of seating choices for lunch, that can transform into instructional workspaces to use during the day.
  • In many areas, the structure might be exposed, revealing what is “behind the scenes” and showing students what is required to operate a building. 
How will one elementary school benefit the students' learning?
  • A newly constructed, student-centered building will allow for our youngest learners to have both their academic needs and lifelong career skills met at the most critical time of their educational development.  
  • Critical career attributes that all students must have to be successful (in any path of life) are those of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills. 
  • A new elementary building will allow for an updated technology infrastructure to support skill development both traditionally and and in a blended environment.
  • This school will have classrooms built that can “open up,” enhancing the opportunity for mobility with collaborative student-teacher groups as well as with mobile technology devices.
  • This school can have designated space designed for increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics STEM initiatives.
  • A new elementary building will have controlled heating and cooling to eliminate the current extremes our students struggle through, which impacts their ability to learn.
What are other benefits of one elementary school?
  • Appropriate spaces for services such as speech/language, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and sensory needs can be specifically designed and constructed. 
  • Wide variety of instructional spaces and options to meet student needs.
  • With all grade level students in one building, classes can be more evenly distributed among the total number of teachers/grade. Currently, class sizes vary in the same grades at the different elementary buildings because zones are fixed based on total student population of that school. Within that zone, fluctuations between grade levels often occur, resulting in some grade levels having smaller class sizes than others. By having one building, all students of that same grade level will be together so appropriate staffing decisions can be made.
  • Community use of larger group spaces.
What happens to the old elementary buildings?
  • There are funds built into the plan to abate the three existing buildings and tear them down and then the Board of Education can determine, based on current property values at that time, to either keep or sell the land. 
  • There are other options that the Board of Education and administration can look at, such as trying to sell the land and structures as is or holding onto the property to determine if there are other needs in the future. 
How would transportation work to one centralized elementary school?
  • Transportation would work similarly to the current middle school transportation. Those same buses and similar routes would be used. The houses and developments further away from the schools would have more buses traverse that area to cut down on travel time for students, while areas closer to the school would have less buses for the area. 
  • This is the same philosophy that is used for our current elementary, middle school and high school transportation routes. 
  • Our expectation is that travel time will not be affected by this plan.

Will the new elementary school include solar panels?

The building will be LEED Silver certified. There are many different design components and sustainable features being planned that span categories such as site design, water and energy efficiency, building materials, and indoor environmental quality. For more information on the LEED certification process, please see the web link below:
https://www.usgbc.org/help/what-leed

While solar panels themselves are not part of the project budget, we are required by the OSDM (Ohio School Design Manual) for the school to be ‘solar ready.’ That means we have to reserve roof space and have infrastructure (structural, electrical) in place for a portion of the roof to accommodate solar panels in the future. I attached the OFCC’s Solar Ready Schools Addendum for your reference. Should the District choose and be able to install the panels in the future, the building is already designed to accommodate them.

 
THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PLAN
 
While our newest building, North Royalton Middle School, is over 20 years old, it is in need of upgrades in both educational facilities and the infrastructure.

What will be done at the middle school to enhance student-centered learning opportunities?
  • As is the case with the elementary classrooms, flexible spaces to allow for large and small group collaboration and critical-thinking activities need to be developed.
  • NRMS was designed with spacious hallways which will allow for flexible groupings of students with staff. These hallways can be more effectively utilized for a variety of instructional settings.
  • The media center will be re-designed to not only house media center activities, but create flexible learning spaces to allow for small group instruction and individual learning.
  • The flexible learning spaces will support opportunities for innovative lesson planning/design by incorporating interdisciplinary units and team teaching across grade levels and departments.
  • Critical career attributes that all students must have to be successful (in any path of life) are those of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
  • The building will allow for updated technology infrastructure to support today’s devices and learning tools.
  • Designated space designed for increasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives.
What is the renovation to the middle school?
  • Safety and security of the middle school will be addressed which include secure entrances, fire suppression, emergency egress and lighting systems.
  • Capital improvements that will extend the life of the middle school include replacement of HVAC systems, roofing, electrical and upgrades to the technology infrastructure.
  • Other areas that will be addressed are windows, doors, tuck pointing, paving and general finishes throughout the building.
 
THE HIGH SCHOOL PLAN
Renderings as of 8/1/18.  Design is not finalized and still being reviewed.
 
North Royalton High School aerial photo 
 
 North Royalton High School Main Entrance View
 
TDA - North Royalton High School Interior rendering 
 
Click here for 3D rendering by ThenDesign Architecture (initial design as of 4/2/18 - not finalized). 
 
The plan for the high school involves both renovation and new construction. New construction will replace the 1950’s-60’s portion of the high school, while renovation will take place with the much needed upgrades to the 1970’s-80’s section of the building.

What are the educational benefits of this plan for the high school?
  • Construction of a new wing of the high school will provide up-to-date science labs and allow our district to offer more diverse science classes and upper level science course.
  • Flexible spaces designed into the new classrooms, other than the labs, will allow teachers to collaborate and combine classes to work on student-centered skills of communication, collaboration, critical-thinking and creativity.
  • Critical career attributes that all students must have to be successful (in any path of life) are those of creativity, communication, collaboration, and critical thinking skills.
  • The building will allow for updated technology infrastructure to support skill development both traditionally and and in a blended environment.
  • Classrooms designed for student collaboration, as well as with mobile technology devices.
  • Allows for departments to be grouped together in close proximity to allow for increased teacher collaboration.
  • Designated space designed for increasing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives.
  • Controlled heating and cooling to eliminate the current extremes our students struggle through, which impacts their ability to remain focused on instruction and learning.
  • The media center will be re-designed to not only house media center activities, but create flexible learning spaces to allow for small group instruction and individual learning.
  • Expanded instructional space for music department to meet the needs and size of its programs.
  • Increased community/outside groups use of the high school making it a hub for community activities and also offer adult education opportunities.

What is the plan?
  • A new 100,000 square foot section will be built onto the rear of the high school. This will contain regular classrooms, science labs, and collaborative teacher work spaces.
  • The existing 1970’s and 1980’s areas (the areas east of heritage hallway) will be renovated to meet the design standards of current high school. This will include new HVAC, lighting, roofs, door, windows and safe and secure entrances. In addition, the classrooms will be remodeled as needed to provide for student-centered learning.
  • Once the addition is complete and the renovations are complete, the oldest sections of the high school will be removed. This area will be used for staff and student parking that will be lost because of the new wing.
* The purple box indicates the 1950's-60's section that would be torn down.
What will happen to the students during construction?
  • As the new wing is being constructed, students will continue to be taught in the existing high school.
  • Once the new wing is constructed, work will begin on renovating the 1970’s and 80’s areas. Student learning will take place in both the new wing and the front wing of the building.
  • Once all construction and renovation is complete, the front will be torn down.
Where will the teachers and students park during construction?
  • Prior to construction, additional parking spaces will be created in front of the high school by the community room entrances. This will be for some additional staff parking. Other staff parking will be in the existing student lot.
  • Unfortunately, due to land availability, student parking spaces will be diminished during the construction phase.

 

 
 
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