District Announces Renovation Plans, New Curriculum Offering and Staffing at New School Facilities for Fall 2017

Attention North Ridgeville City Schools Parents / Guardians:

The North Ridgeville City Schools Board of Education and office of the Superintendent finalized plans during the February 16, 2016, Board Meeting to renovate the Education Center, provide new curriculum offerings through a High Tech Academy at the current Lear North site and agreed to a staffing plan for 2017 school administrative personnel transition. In addition, the new 3 through 8 building will offer the opportunity for shared resources between Middle School and High School that will provide enriched courses and new offerings for students in those grade levels.

The district recognizes that students learn in many different ways. As the community of North Ridgeville grows the district needs to provide a wider range of environments for students to learn. The renovation plans, shared resources and overview of 2017 provided below allows the district to meet these needs.

North Ridgeville Education Center:

Beginning in spring 2017 construction at the existing NREC building will begin that will include renovation and expansion. The addition will allow the building to open in fall 2017 as a Pre-K and Kindergarten school facility. Through this the district will gain physical space to extend the amount of full day Kindergarten offerings, provide an updated environment for preschoolers and help to streamline services. Funding for the renovation and new construction will be provided through a combination of general fund and current 3 – 8 construction project savings. This project will not cost the community any additional funds. Mark Millar will serve as Principal.

Movement of First Grade to Current Liberty Elementary Site:

Lear North Elementary currently operates as the district’s first grade building. The new facility that opens for grades 3 – 8 will move third grade from Liberty Elementary to the new site. This allows for first grade students to occupy classroom space at Liberty Elementary. Liberty Elementary will open in 2017 as a first and second grade school building. The Liberty facility will allow modern instructional spaces for students and the implementation of more contemporary instructional practices. No facility changes will be made, however, Liberty Elementary will be included in the Energy Savings project. No additional funding will be necessary from the community for this transition to incur. Andrea Vance will serve as Principal.

Ranger High Tech Academy at current Lear North:

The district will provide residents with an alternate choice for education by establishing a MAGNET school for grades 4 - 7. A MAGNET school is a public school with specialized courses designed to teach content standards through different methods. By moving first grade to Liberty Elementary this allows the district to offer the MAGNET option that will focus on STEM and Computer Science coursework. The curriculum will include a larger focus in Science, Math, Design and Computer Coding in an engaging environment that allows students to express their comprehension in a small, dynamic setting. As enrollment grows, a grade level will be added each academic year. Curriculum resources and technology hardware will be added to the building to assist with implementation of the specialized coursework. Mitch Heffron will serve as Principal and lead educator.

Middle School & High School Shared Resources:

With the opening of the new facilities in fall 2017 assets within the district will be centralized. As a result, course offerings will grow for students within the district. The following courses will be expanded offerings for Middle School and High School:

· AP offerings

· College Credit Plus offerings

· Computer Coding & Additional STEM offerings

· Digital Art

· Foreign Language

· High Interest Electives

· Pre-Algebra & Algebra I

This change will enable the district to provide quality educational programs with classroom technology and skilled professional resources between the Middle School and High School facilities. Amy Peck, Gregory Plantner and Lee Armbruster will serve as the administrative team at the new facility. There will be no change of current administration at the High School.

Abatement & Demolition:
The Board of Education and Superintendents office confirmed the abatement & demolition of Fields-Sweet / Early Childhood Learning Center (Root Road), Wilcox Elementary (Bainbridge Road), and Middle School (Center Ridge Road). This process will begin in fall 2017 after the new facilities open and school year begins.

LED Technology as Capital Improvement Project for Liberty Elementary and North Ridgeville High School:

The district is taking advantage of the latest in LED (light emitting diode) lighting technology to lower energy usage and save money via a partnership with the Energy Services Company, Brewer-Garrett. LED lighting upgrades will be made at Liberty Elementary and North Ridgeville High School. As a result of updating lighting and lowering energy costs it will enable the district to install air conditioning at Liberty Elementary and afford other mechanical upgrades district wide. These upgrades will be made to rooftop units, boilers, building automation system, and domestic water waste which saves money, natural gas, and electricity. Brewer-Garrett has guaranteed the NRCS a savings of over $89,000 every year for 15 years. Although the contractual guarantee is for 15 years, Brewer-Garrett expects that these savings will continue each year for up to 25 years.

The district welcomes your questions and takes feedback on our growth seriously. In the coming weeks a notice to join myself, the Board of Education members and building Principals will be sent via email. I encourage you to attend the event to learn more and ask questions.

Thank you

Dr. James Powell

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