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    whopper jr
    whopper jr
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    I believe that is the city’s most highly trafficked park and rec center facility/fields. So I’ll nominate the Park of Roses instead. They should just level that.

    Leave the rec center/library where it is. The tennis courts and baseball diamonds can be in the floodplain, so relocate those down in the open space down toward the river. The school goes on the eastern portion where the tennis courts are.
    There is a lot of land back there, and not that all of it needs to be actively developed, but it is just one possibility to consider.

    #1123548
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
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    Serious question here: how much of the old North High School building is currently being used by the International High School concept that they have in there? That’s a fairly large building, and I think it has been recently renovated. If there is space for more students, they could split the building between the International school and students from the southern portion of Clintonville- or they could move the International school to another building and reopen North High School. Last time I checked, that wasn’t built in a floodplain.

    North High is on the renovation list. It needs work. Gorgeous building though.

    #1123574

    Analogue Kid
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    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>Analogue Kid wrote:</div>
    And where is the school board going to find a site large enough to fit a school with ~2000 kids at an affordable price? This plan didn’t look at land acquisition costs which is a huge blind spot.

    Build a two-story high school, perhaps?

    Helpful comment of the year given both schools are already two stories. And before it’s suggested, no 3+ floor high school will be allowed per zoning in any of the areas in question due to height restrictions. Not to mention two stores does nothing for gyms, cafeterias, and auditoriums which take up the majority of a schools footprint.

    #1123612

    When Brookhaven closed, it was my understanding that the bulk of its feeder students went to Whetstone.

    Perhaps Brookhaven: that’s a property owned by the district, and relocating the high school there would displace zero other populations while being close to some feeder students.

    #1123614

    Whoopsie. Columbus Global Academy is now at Brookhaven, suggestion withdrawn.

    #1123663
    Ned23
    Ned23
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    There’s plenty of land to expand at Centennial. Just move the north soccer fields down to Whetstone, put a new parking lot there and expand the school into the existing parking lot. You could triple the size of the school.

    As for 3 stories, one word: “variance”

    #1123817

    Im suspicious
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    A lot of the responses in this post are moot at best. The district’s Master Facilities Planning Committee already has gone through one round of proposals, fine-tuned them and then presented them at each community meeting this past week. The round two options are essentially the ones groups were given to review although some round 1 options will still be considered. Each group at these meetings discussed the pros and cons of each and then select the options they felt were best for their communities. Those who didn’t attend the meeting have access to all the information on the districts website and can fill out a questionnaire regarding the proposals which the district will review and make a final decision.
    Whetstone has a few options and none of them involve Brookhaven, Indianola or Old North High School because the district already has plans for those buildings.
    Whetstone has a few options:

    Round 1 Option 1a calls for Whetstone to be rebuilt on site or a site to be determined with a 1500 student capacity resulting in Centennial’s closure and consolidation into the new building although that depends on if the district already owns the site that is deemed sufficient for a school of that size. Total cost 57 million.

    Round 2 Option 1a calls for rebuilding Whetstone on site with a 900 student capacity or a site to be determined and rebuild Centennial with a 700 student capacity on their current site or co-locate it in a new building on the Ridgeview Middle school site. The biggest hurdle here is the state will not fund 30% if Whetstone is rebuilt in its current location due to it sitting in a floodplain. Total cost 64 million dollars.

    Round 2 Option 1b calls for Whetstone to be replaced on the Dominion Middle school site with a 900 student capacity meaning Dominion would be rebuilt at a site to be determined. Centennial would be replaced on site or co-located on the Ridgeview Middle School site with a 700 student capacity. Total cost 64 million dollars.

    Round 2 Option 1c calls for building a massive 1500 student capacity school to be built on a site to be determined in the northwest quadrant of the city. Total cost for construction is 57 million dollars although that depends on if the district already owns the site that is deemed sufficient for a school of that size.

    The one thing the public needs to be aware of with these plans is that it may seem building massive new schools is cheaper up front although you will be adding millions of dollars to the district budget over the long haul due to an increased number of student having to be transported to a consolidated site. These figure also don’t allude to what the cost of running these schools will be. Of course the closing of Whetstone will also lower property values in Clintonville especially around the school leading to a reevaluation of property taxes which could hurt the district more significantly. Also one has to consider the number of residents in Clintonville that may opt to remove their students from the district altogether which will can hit CCS where it counts.

    #1124205

    Analogue Kid
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    The one thing the public needs to be aware of with these plans is that it may seem building massive new schools is cheaper up front although you will be adding millions of dollars to the district budget over the long haul due to an increased number of student having to be transported to a consolidated site. These figure also don’t allude to what the cost of running these schools will be.

    Agreed, this is a huge blind spot, I don’t want to see the district be penny wise and pound foolish. The CCS transportation budget is already massive given the size of the city and the requirement to transport charter school students.

    #1124206

    Analogue Kid
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    Leave the rec center/library where it is. The tennis courts and baseball diamonds can be in the floodplain, so relocate those down in the open space down toward the river. The school goes on the eastern portion where the tennis courts are.<br>
    There is a lot of land back there, and not that all of it needs to be actively developed, but it is just one possibility to consider.

    This is by far the best idea for Whetstone. I hope it can be communicated to the board for consideration.

    #1124210

    Pablo
    Participant

    <div class=”d4p-bbt-quote-title”>whopper jr wrote:</div>
    Leave the rec center/library where it is. The tennis courts and baseball diamonds can be in the floodplain, so relocate those down in the open space down toward the river. The school goes on the eastern portion where the tennis courts are.<br><br>
    There is a lot of land back there, and not that all of it needs to be actively developed, but it is just one possibility to consider.

    This is by far the best idea for Whetstone. I hope it can be communicated to the board for consideration.

    And Whetstone’s athletic facilities (football stadium, baseball, etc) can remain in the floodplain. A separate athletic campus is not unusual – look at East HS.

    #1124231

    Analogue Kid
    Participant

    And Whetstone’s athletic facilities (football stadium, baseball, etc) can remain in the floodplain. A separate athletic campus is not unusual – look at East HS.

    That’s a good point too; building at the Colerain/Dominion site means a 34 minute walk to the stadium vs 17 by the whetstone library according to the Google. That’s nearly identical to the East HS -> Harley field walk.

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