Groveport Madison formulating Master Facilities Plan

By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison Board of Education is working with SHP Architects for facility planning regarding the potential renovation, expansion, or replacement of the district’s existing elementary and middle schools.

An SHP representative spoke at the board’s Jan. 10 meeting and said the district is in line to receive Ohio Facilities Construction Commission funding. The board must also consider a timeline to come up with the district’s local funding share for any potential projects. The SHP representative said the district could consider placing a bond issue on the November 2024 ballot or May 2025 ballot. The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission considers schools for the next round of state funding in July.

Groveport Madison officials have stated overcrowding is a central issue facing the district, but other factors to be considered in the facilities planning process include the age, condition, efficiency, adaptability, and cost to maintain the existing elementary and middle schools.

To deal with student overcrowding, the district has several modular classrooms in use at Groveport Elementary, Asbury Elementary, Dunloe Elementary, and Sedalia Elementary.
District officials recently invited community members to participate on a committee regarding the development of the Groveport Madison Schools Master Facility Plan.

The Master Facility Plan is a guide to the growth and development of school facilities – such as potential new buildings and building restructuring based on growth of the community and possible passage of a bond issue.

The process
Four teams will be created to address the Master Facility Plan:

•District Steering Team – will collect information on things like building conditions, enrollment, and sites;

•Finance Advisory Team – will review financial options, calculate financial implications of multiple plan concepts, advise on operating costs, and review permanent improvement and project costs;

•Educational Visioning Team – will research shifts in learning and teaching, determine impact on students, and consider how facilities would best respond;

•Community Advisory Team – will evaluate potential solutions and make recommendations to present to the school board. This team held its first meeting Jan. 17.

Other things for consideration in formulating the Master Facilities Plan, according to SHP, include: how best to organize the district and can existing buildings be made to work. A community-wide survey will be conducted once options are narrowed.

Timeline
According to SHP, if the board wants to place a bond issue on the November 2024 ballot, the teams must present the Master Facility Plan to the school board by April, the plan must go to the OFCC by May, and the board must approve a project agreement by June.

Then, to place a bond issue on the November ballot, the board must file with the county auditor in July and with the Franklin County Board of Elections in August. If the board wishes to wait to place a bond issue on the May 2025 ballot, then the ballot filings would be made in January and February of 2025.

Existing school buildings
These are the current Groveport Madison school district school buildings:

•Asbury Elementary – Built in 1963 with additions in 1968 and 1969.

•Dunloe Elementary – Built in 1967 with additions in 1968 and 1969.

•Glendening Elementary – Built in 1968 with addition in 1974.

•Groveport Elementary – Built in 1923 with an addition in the 1930s. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

•Madison Elementary – Built in 1967 with additions in 1968 and 1969.

•Sedalia Elementary – Built in 1969 with addition in 1974.

•Middle School North – Built in 1975.

•Middle School South – Built in 1975.

•Middle School Central – Built in stages as a high school between 1952-56. Placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

•High School, built in 2018.

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