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North Royalton Board of Education Begins First Steps of New Facilities Project

On May 17, 2017, the North Royalton Board of Education met to begin plans for the design, construction and renovation of the district’s buildings, specifically different construction methods, timeline and legal obligations, and processes when working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. David Riley, the school district’s legal counsel, answered questions and helped advise the Board and administration on these issues. Riley is one of the premier legal construction counselors in Northeast Ohio and represents many school districts in these types of projects. 
 
NEXT STEPS . . .  

1. Selecting an Architect

“The next step in the process is for the Board of Education to post the request for qualifications from architect firms,” said Superintendent Greg Gurka, North Royalton City Schools. “Those proposals will be reviewed carefully by the Board of Education and several finalists will be selected to be interviewed. We hope to be done with this process by late summer 2017.” 

2. Utilizing a Construction Manager 

Once the architect is chosen, the district will utilize the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) delivery method which includes a commitment by a Construction Manager to deliver the project within a Guaranteed Maximum Price, based on construction documents and specifications. The CMAR provides professional services and consults in the design development and construction phases. “There are many benefits from using a Construction Manager including an increased level of cost control from the start,” said Gurka. “In the meantime, we will meet with the Community Facilities Advisory committee to review timelines and begin the first steps in maintaining our commitment to the community.”

3. Engaging the Community

Stakeholders, such as teachers and community members, will be engaged at that time to discuss what the new elementary school and new section of the high school will look like. Focus groups at the middle school level will occur to discuss instructional changes and enhancements that are needed in that building, as well. “We are building a strong foundation, both in education and facilities and there will be opportunities for us to have dialogue with our residents throughout every step of the process,” said Gurka.

Estimated Time of the Project . . . 
 
The design process with the architect will take approximately one year. New construction of the buildings is estimated to be complete by the 2020-2021 school year. 

The 4.9 mills that was approved on May 2 from North Royalton voters will cost $9.04 per month per $100,000 of assessed property value beginning in January 2018. This amount factors in the drop off of the existing middle school bond issue and the establishment of a maintenance fund earmarked to maintain the buildings. 

How Will Funds be Used . . . 

Funds are being used to build one new centralized elementary school, to be located on the 23 acres of district-owned property on the southwest corner of State Road and Valley Parkway. Funds also will be used to renovate the middle school for today’s learning environments and renovate and rebuild the high school to focus on student-centered learning. A new 100,000 square foot section will be built onto the rear of the high school that will contain regular classrooms, science labs and other educational spaces.
 
Also, as part of the bond issue plan, there will be permanent improvement projects that will be completed throughout the next several years. At the middle school, this includes replacing roofing and HVAC units, redesigning the media center, updating technology infrastructure, as well as designing learning spaces for STEM and other areas of curriculum. At the high school, this includes renovating the 1970’s and 1980’s areas of the high school to include new science labs, media center, expanded space for music department, as well as installation of new HVAC, lighting, roofs, door, windows and safe and secure entrances. The full plan is available on the district website.
 
 
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