Chardon Schools’ Facilities Advisory Committee Makes Recommendations Concerning School Future Bond Issue and Facilities Planning
Dear Chardon Schools Stakeholder:
The Chardon Local School District’s Facilities Advisory Committee met on Thursday, November 7, 2019, to discuss the results of the November 5th election and the failure of the proposed bond issue for the construction of a new 6-12 facility along with other locally-funded initiatives. The proposed issue failed by a margin of 44% for the issue and 56% against the issue.
The Committee acknowledged a divide within the community over the issue of new school facilities. In order to meet the needs of the district’s students, it will be important to work to unify the community around a vision of a future capital improvement plan. Recognizing this, the recommendation from the committee is to not place another bond issue request on the March 2020 ballot.
Additional recommendations from the committee to the Board of Education include the following:
The district should reboot the planning process from the starting point of the enrollment projection and facilities assessment completed by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission.
The focus of the planning process should continue to consider a variety of viewpoints from across the Chardon community to ensure that divergent perspectives are represented in the recommended master plan that results from repeating the planning process.
Again, the committee values the perspective of the Chardon community and recognizes that the only way to successfully address the significant school facility needs that exist in our community is through a process that brings everyone together around a common goal.
I will share these recommendations from the committee with our Board of Education on Monday, November 18, 2019.
Michael P. Hanlon, Jr., Ph.D.