Building Our Future Committee Information

  • We want to engage a committed group of stakeholders in a series of meetings to ensure that we consider educated community input in building a master plan for our schools.

    Committee members will meet a total of five times, once per month, from January through May. Open to all residents of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills. Please plan on attending one meeting per month. There will be three meeting times to choose from each month to provide the greatest flexibility. Please contact Dr. Smialek for more information - smialekc@parmacityschools.org

    We want you to share your thoughts, input, ideas, and questions with us as we build our future, together.

    Below is the meeting schedule.
    PLEASE NOTE: All meetings in the month will cover the same content. You are only required to attend one meeting a month. Meetings will all be held at the Red Rees Conference Room behind Parma Senior High School. 

    January: 

    Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 4 PM
    Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 7 PM
    Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 1 PM

    February:

    Tuesday, February 1, 2022 at 4 PM
    Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 7 PM
    Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 1 PM

    March: 

    Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at 4 PM
    Wednesday, March 9, 2022 at 7 PM
    Thursday, March 10, 2022 at 1 PM

    April: Canceled

    May:

    Tuesday, May 3, 2022 at 4 PM
    Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 7 PM
    Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 1 PM

    Building Our Future Outline

    • Objective: We will engage a committed group of stakeholders in a series of meetings to ensure that we consider educated community input in building a master plan for our schools. These meetings will focus on answering the following questions:
      • Please share your reaction to the following:
        • Elementary Options (6, 7, or 8 schools?)
        • Secondary Options 
          • A: One high school, two middle schools
          • B: Three secondary campuses
          • C: Two secondary campuses, with one CTE Center
      • What Locally Funded Initiatives should we prioritize? (Auditoriums, Pools, etc.)
      • What current properties do you most prefer we continue to utilize…
        • For elementary schools?
        • For secondary schools?
      • If we have to build in phases, should we prioritize elementary or secondary?
    • Committee Meetings
      • Tuesday Cohort: 4 PM, Wednesday Cohort: 7 PM,  Thursday Cohort: 1 PM
      • January (11-12-13): Educate 
        • Enrollment trends
        • Costs of operating 15 schools
          • Education
          • Operations
        • Necessary renovations and renovate/replace ratios  
        • Opportunities presented by new facilities 
        • Questions
      • February (1-2-3): Educate
        • Question responses
        • Other construction projects (panel discussion)
        • Opportunities presented by new facilities
      • March (8-9-10): Plan
        • Interpret community survey responses
        • Provide input
        • Opportunities presented by new facilities 
      • May (3-4-5): Inspire 
        • Costs of operating 15 schools
          • Education
          • Operations
        • Plan B: Consolidating into current schools

PCSD Master Planning Timeline

    • 2017: Ohio Facilities Construction Commission assessments
      • All schools surpass the 66% threshold to only qualify for state assistance if rebuilt
    • 2018: Educational Visioning: Stakeholders defined qualities for new facilities
      • Flexible & open
      • Include capacity for much technology
      • Allow for student and teacher innovation and collaboration
      • Consist of adaptable, welcoming and community-friendly environments
    • 2019: Master Planning for Strategic Consolidation
      • 24 community meetings, online survey, both using “All Call” method
      • Recommended master plan of two secondary campuses (at NR and VF sites), six elementary schools (sites TBD), and use of PSH as an educational and community center
    • 2020: Issue 73 (6.5 mill) loses in November general election 
      • 27,897 (54%) to 23,658 (46%)
    • 2021: Issue 10 (6.3 mill) loses in May primary election 
      • 9,886 (63%) to 5,910 (37%)
    • 2022: Building Our Future
      • Board of Education approve on March 31, 2022 to submit a plan to the state for 1 high school, 2 middle schools and 4 elementary schools