The process of developing a long-range facilities plan for the Warren County School District is under way.
A steering committee which will take the initial look at the future configuration of the school district is being put in place.
In April, the school board contracted with DeJong, Inc., a Dublin, Ohio consulting firm headed by Dr. William DeJong, to develop the long-range facilities plan for the district at a cost of $67,500.
DeJong representatives said the first step in the process would to be to appoint a steering committee comprised of 25 to 50 people, including parents, school staff, administrators, students, business representatives and government officials.
The consulting firm said that the steering committee should be in place and ready to start meeting by the end of May.
At this week’s board of directors meeting, school board president Dr. Jack Martin appointed three board members to serve on the committee — himself, Thomas Knapp, who serves as chairman of the board’s facilities committee, and Donna Zariczny.
Superintendent Robert Terrill said the district has sent out invitations to people in the community to determine if they are willing to serve on the steering committee.
The Warren County Education Association is also in the process of contacting membership, with the objective of appointing three building staff members from each of the school district’s three regions.
Terrill said the timetable calls for the steering committee to be in place by May 29.
The master facilities plan is intended to provide the school district with a plan to move forward with decisions regarding buildings, including when to upgrade, close or construct buildings.
Later in the process, a key component of the master facilities plan will be a community dialogue, according to DeJong.
When the firm was hired, Terrill said, “It’s a very good idea to take a representative group of residents in Warren County and brainstorm options for schooling our children in the future. It’s an open, transparent, logical and fair way to design the future education of our children.”