We hope that your summer is off to a great start! While we’ve just begun this summer, we’re actively working to prepare for our shared future.
In Fairbanks, our schools are a great source of pride in the community and we are grateful for the support our residents provide year after year. In order to protect our residents’ investment in our schools, we analyze the way we do business to ensure we deliver on the quality and efficiency our community expects, including our school buildings.
Our district engaged with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission for a facility audit and enrollment study in 2017. The three school buildings in Fairbanks were built in 1961, 1978, and 2007. Each one has specific needs that have to be addressed in the coming years. Our enrollment continues to meet the 2017 projections for average growth of 1.38% per year. This means student enrollment is growing! Families are moving to Fairbanks because of our great community and excellent schools. Managing this increased enrollment has impacted our school buildings in different ways. Our school facilities conversation will focus on the 3 C’s: Capital Improvements, Capacity, and Curriculum.
We are working with the community and our educational leaders to come up with a long-term plan so that our schools can continue to offer vital programming and the variety of opportunities for students that our community expects and values. We are also committed to delivery of an excellent education in the most financially efficient manner possible. Before any decision is made about the future of our school buildings, we plan to engage our community with a 12-month master facilities planning process. The district will work with students, parents, community members and facilities experts to explore all options to determine the direction of facilities and enrollment planning for Fairbanks’ schools.
In addition to our long-term planning, we are beginning two short-term projects over the coming months, an extension to our field house and traffic intervention strategies during peak drive times. Both of these projects are detailed in the presentation below.
For detailed information about the overview of this process, please watch this presentation:
There are no preconceived notions or decisions made about what the future will hold once this process is complete. We are encouraging all residents to be a part of this vital conversation that will shape the future of our schools and community for generations to come.
Please join us over the next several months as we begin this process together. If you have questions or would like to schedule a time to connect, please email me at email@example.com or call at (937) 349-3731 ext. 1202.
- Adham Schirg, Fairbanks Local Schools, Superintendent