Facilities Master Plan Community Committee
Phase 5 Open Now!
Columbus City Schools is in the midst of its Facilities Master Plan (FMP) process in which community input is vitally important. The plan takes a regional approach to discuss the future of Columbus City Schools' buildings and facilities; what they need to look like to meet the District's mission and vision of academic success with students leading the way.
"The purpose is to bring more voices, more ideas, and more innovation to our conversation. It's important for equity to be a big part of the conversation," said Columbus Board of Education President Jennifer Adair." "Keeping equity at the center of the conversation to make sure every neighborhood, every region, and every school building gets what they need to meet the full vision of academic success."
Over the next three months, CCS will resume its regional approach to discussing the future of district school buildings and facilities with community, student, and staff voices as part of the process. This past spring, the District completed the first three phases of the process; Phase 1: GATHER; Phase 2: ENVISION; and Phase 3: DEFINE. In early October, Phase 4: ANTICIPATE, was also completed.
The final two phases of the process, which will go through mid-December, are:
- Phase 5: CONSIDER
- Phase 6: TRANSFORM
Each step of the process is built to create a consensus of community values and a complete and clear understanding of the community’s expectations of future learning environments as part of the Facilities Master Plan.
The community, students, and staff must have a voice in these conversations. The ideas they bring to the table are invaluable in how our facilities and learning spaces look and feel to support our Portrait of a Graduate and student academic success and teacher success.
The first four phases of the multi-step FMP process provided an inside look at our facilities. We first gathered in April 2021 to share the strengths and challenges of our school buildings.
Next, students, staff, and community members envisioned what school buildings should look like in terms of a positive, creative learning space.
We then defined how that vision helps our students and staff be creative, critical thinkers and the role technology plays in our school spaces.
In the most recent Anticipate phase, we compared and contrasted new and old buildings.
The final two phases of the process, Consider and Transform, are best described as the four C’s:
These two phases are the most critical phases of the FMP process. We need you to help us examine each region and reassess the structure of each region by considering educational and extracurricular programming, grade-level configurations, and the optimal use of existing facilities.
The FMP process needs your input now more than ever, as Ohio’s largest school district reimagines what 21st-century learning environments look like for our students.
The District is committed to modernizing its infrastructure to provide students, staff, and the community with learning environments and facilities that support 21st-century learning and strengthens partnerships between the school district and the community.
Beginning Monday, October 18, and continuing for the next two weeks, CCS students, staff, families, and community members will have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on simulation exercise as part of Phase 5 -- the “Consider” phase of the FMP process.
This phase promises to be different and more interactive than previous phases. The goal of Phase 5 is to introduce the attendees to the various limitations and opportunities we will face as we work to formulate a new Facilities Master Plan. It will be a very interactive and engaging opportunity to get familiar with the different data points and possibilities within each of the six regions.
Your participation will help the District decide the future of its schools and how those buildings put the more than 47,000 students at the heart of the District’s long-term vision and priorities.
It is no secret that many CCS buildings are outdated, unreliable, and impractical. In other words, some schools are more than 60 years old, are forced to close when temperatures are too hot, and have small classrooms that are not conducive to 21st-century learning. By helping the District decide the next steps for these buildings, you are part of the solution. What does that mean for our current school buildings and new school buildings? You can help decide.
Register for the session of your choosing in the registration survey below!
The meeting dates are as follows:
Monday, October 18 – Region 5 at 6:00 p.m. | Northland HS
Wednesday, October 20 – Region 2 at 6:00 p.m. | Independence HS
Thursday, October 21 – Region 1 at 6:00 p.m. | West HS
Saturday, October 23 – All Regions at 10:00 a.m. | Main Metropolitan Library
Monday, October 25 — Region 4 at 6:00 p.m. | Centennial HS
Wednesday, October 27 — All Regions at 10:00 a.m. | Main Metropolitan Library
Wednesday, October 27 – Region 6 at 6:00 p.m. | Linden-McKinley HS
Monday, November 1 – Region 3 at 6:00 p.m. | East HS
Participants should come with an open mind and the expectation that they will engage in activities to ensure they understand the complexities of creating a Facilities Master Plan.
Your participation is key in helping the District decide the future of its buildings and how those buildings inspire creativity and critical thinking and fulfill the mission, vision, and priorities of the District’s Portrait of a Graduate.
The results from Phase 5 will inform the sixth and final phase of the process. In this final “Transform” phase, we will ask the community to review the options outlined in Phase 5 and build a consensus around a specific plan that we would refine and ultimately bring to the Board of Education for final approval.
Now is the time to have serious conversations about which schools in our District need to be replaced sooner than others. Where should these new schools be located? Now is when we need our families, staff, students, and community stakeholders to speak up.
The existing building infrastructure that your tax dollars are supporting was initially designed in the 1970s or before. We need to rethink and redesign together. There are no preconceived solutions for your community’s facilities. Let your voice be heard. Register to participate today.