Where can I find more information on the Master Facility Plan - Phase 2?
Information regarding our Master Facility Plan can be found online at: buildingnwsld.org
Visitors can access this page from the District’s main home page by going to nwlsd.org and by clicking on the left hand menu button titled “Building Our Future.”
What is the Master Facility Plan - Phase 2?
Phase 2 of the 2014 Master Facility Plan is a bond issue that is currently on the November 8, 2022 ballot. This phase of the plan was updated in 2021 by a committee of community leaders, parents, teachers, students and staff to address current needs and to assess the learning spaces in each building in order to prepare students for the future. One of the major concerns this phase of the Master Facility Plan addresses is the maintenance needs of NWLSD’s aging buildings as well as the State’s assessment of each building’s needs and current conditions.
Phase 2 will provide:
Phase 2 will provide families with educationally suitable classrooms for ALL of our PreK-8 students, not just some. To maintain operational efficiency, NWLSD will also combine three middle schools into two middle schools. Below we have listed the outcomes of the implementation of Phase 2:
- New Colerain Elementary
- New Colerain Middle
- New Pleasant Run Middle
- Monfort Heights Elementary Renovation
- New Houston Early Learning Preschool
- Provides financial opportunity to address High School building needs through earned ELPP credits that will help pay for PHASE 3 of the Master Facility Plan
- Ensure all PreK -8th grade students have access to warm, safe and dry buildings
- Give students access to 21st Century classrooms and learning environments that align with State standards
- Allows the students to benefit from new buildings instead of fixing and patching issues in buildings that are already recommended for replacement by the State of Ohio guidelines
- Will create a “Clean Feeder” school district, which will better align students as they transition throughout each level of school
Phase 2 Clean Feeder System: (See Graphic below)
- All Colerain Elementary, Struble and Monfort Heights students would feed to Colerain Middle and Colerain High School.
- All Pleasant Run Elementary, and Taylor Elementary students would feed to Pleasant Run Middle and Northwest High School.
What is the plan for the High Schools?
The 2014 Master Facility Plan addresses the high schools in Phase 3. In 2021, when our Master Facility Committee of community leaders, parents, teachers, students and staff met, the need to address the high schools and the Career Tech Centers were identified however; there was not a clear consensus of what decision should be made. Completing Phase 3 would allow ALL students, since our high school buildings are the last to be addressed, to have access to 21st Century learning classrooms.
Phase 3 of the of Master Facility Plan addresses the following needs:
- 1 New High School with Career Tech
- 2 New High Schools with Career Tech
The timeline for the implementation of Phase 3 is based on NWLSD’s position in the State of Ohio’s Classroom Facility Assistance Program (CFAP). Through the program, the State identifies school districts who are eligible and notifies the district with a timeline to build a school facility which would be co-funded with the State. At that point, the District would also be able to utilize the credits earned through phase 1 and 2.
NWLSD is also a participant in the State’s ELPP Program; the bond issue placed on the November ballot by the Board of Education would allow NWLSD to sell bonds (borrow) in order to acquire the necessary amount needed to achieve the community recommended Master Facility Plan as well as the State’s Building Assessment recommendation. Additionally, by continuing to participate in the State program NWLSD would earn an estimated total of $50 million in ELPP credits that could be used towards a co-funded phase 3.
When the time approaches, NWLSD will facilitate future community conversation around Phase 3, to better determine what the community is willing to support and operate for the next 50 years.
NWLSD has several schools that were rated “poor” on the State’s Building Assessment, in their ability to offer educationally adequate learning spaces. Additionally, two of NWLSD’s schools, Colerain Elementary (CE) and Colerain Middle (CMS), were slated for replacement due to their current conditions and needs and all remaining buildings except MHE are slated for replacement due to their immediate maintenance needs. These needs greatly impact our buildings’ ability to keep students warm, safe and dry. The cost to address the immediate needs is $40 million, and does not include the replacement cost of CE and CMS.
NWLSD has two issues it must address:
- The immediate maintenance needs of our existing facilities ($40 million)
- The State of Ohio’s recommendation to replace seven buildings and to renovate one building based on each building’s current condition.
Like most schools, NWLSD has a max on the amount of money we’re allowed to borrow for school facilities. The max is $82 million. NWLSD cannot address both issues without State assistance.
As a participant in the State’s ELPP Program, the State would allow NWLSD to sell bonds (borrow) in order to acquire the necessary dollar amount needed to achieve the State’s recommendation. Additionally, by continuing to participate in the State program, NWLSD would earn an estimated total of $50 million in ELPP credits that could be used towards a co-fund phase 3.
Without participating in the ELPP and CFAP programs, the State will only allow NWLSD to borrow a max of $82 million, which would not address CE, CMS and the $40 million of deferred maintenance needed for other existing buildings, leaving NWLSD with 50-100+ year old buildings and no future means of replacement for the next 30 years when Phase 1 bonds roll off.
What is the plan to improve/fix the transportation issues within the district?
Many things contribute to transportation issues in the District, some of which are related to the location of the facility such as size of roadways, traffic lights, turning lanes, etc. and some are not facility related such as the nationwide driver shortage, decrease in State funding, increase in mandates, etc. When looking at the Master Facility Plan, we are also looking at the current plus future enrollment as well as redistricting in order to provide proper student and staff counts in each building. We will also be looking at rerouting our buses and conducting traffic studies for each new facility which may include the installation of turning lanes and/or access roads in order to mitigate traffic congestion.
Also, NWLSD is looking for drivers for Transportation. We are currently offering paid training to all hired drivers. In the months of August and September we have offered 6 walk-in hiring events to attract drivers, and have sought out various advertising methods to bring in candidates within a 30-mile radius. Apply Today!
What will the levy do to fix the 84% HS attendance rate at both high schools?
In the recent 2021-22 report card, NWLSD did see a decline in attendance ratings. However, historically our high school attendance rates were consistently above 90% prior to the pandemic. (See graphics below) As things normalize, we are hopeful that our rates will return to normal. We continue to work together to create learning experiences and environments that are welcoming and engaging for our students and schools where all students feel like they belong.
What is the status of the previous properties owned by the district?
- Pleasant Run Elementary (PRE) - NWLSD still owns this property, which is located on Hamilton Ave. As we consider options for Phase 2 of the Master Facility Plan, the vacant lot could be a possible site for a new Pleasant Run Middle School.
- Welch Elementary School- This property was sold in 2019.
- Bevis Elementary - This property is in the process of being sold
- Ann Weigel Elementary- This property is located on Banning Rd. It is still owned by NWLSD. In 2022, a portion of the building was demolished. The remainder of the property is being utilized as the Central Support Office and secondary alternative programs. Plans will be put in place for this building to be sold in the future.
- White Oak Middle School - White Oak (WOM) is currently being utilized as a functioning school location. However, in Phase 2 of the Master Facility Plan, NWLSD will combine three middle schools into two middle school locations in order to achieve operational efficiency. As a result WOM would be closed. Once vacant, the lot could become a potential site for Phase 2. Considerations on whether this location would be a potential site location for the new larger Colerain Middle would need to be made.
- Houston Early Learning Center (HELC) - HELC is currently being utilized as a functioning preschool location. It also currently houses Central Office Supports and academic programs within its location. In Phase 2 of the Master Facility Plan, NWLSD plans to build a new Houston Early Learning Center. The old location would be used to house all Central Support Offices and other academic programs.
What "specific areas" of opportunities for students curricular, co-curricular and extra curricular programs will the levy improve including CTE?
21st century learning spaces and technology will allow students to engage in hands-on learning experiences, particularly in science, and to collaborate in ways that are currently challenging due to physical plant limitations. New and improved spaces will also allow for more middle school students to participate in technology courses through our CTE partner and in-house, for example we have digital arts now at only one of our buildings but in a combined environment more students would benefit from experiences with real life graphic design and computer aided design. New spaces including larger rooms and better acoustics will also support our efforts to increase participation in our music and fine arts programs. Combining middle schools may allow us to offer more sections of advanced courses and electives at the middle school level, as well as a wider variety of clubs and other extracurricular programming.
Going from 3 to 2 middle schools increases efficiency and academic opportunities for students. CMS & WOMS currently combine some extra curricular teams and have for a few years now.
How does all of this impact the state report card?
Teachers are working hard to improve academic outcomes for all students by transforming the way we teach and the way our students learn. Our investment in Academic Teaming is one example of this. Larger classroom spaces that can be used more flexibly will help to facilitate this transformation. Outdoor learning spaces and other features common to newer buildings will also support our efforts to increase student engagement through authentic, hands-on learning experiences, ultimately contributing to an improved state report card. For more information, check out the State of the District on October 11, 2022
Where can the state's assessment of the buildings be found?
The State’s Assessment of NWLSD’s Buildings can be found on the Existing Facilities page of our website: BuildingNWLSD.org (Click link to access) By clicking on each school photo, viewers will be able to access a breakdown of each school’s assessment.
The single high school plan, how many resource officers will be assigned at the school per shift?
We will continue to collaborate with Colerain Township to provide resource officers and to determine the needs at each building.
Why does the number of students in the elementary decrease so dramatically when going to middle school and again to high school? For example, 3 elementary schools alone each have 900, and the high school only 2000+.
Elementary schools are K-5 (6 grade levels) while the middle schools are 6-8 (three grade levels) and 9-12 (4 grade levels). Currently Taylor Elementary fifth grade students split into CMS and PRMS.
Each elementary grade level in our larger buildings (PRE, SE, TE) is approximately 150 students (150 students per grade level x 6 grade levels = 900 students per elementary building).
Where will the Colerain Elementary and Middle School kids go during construction of the new school?
A building could be built on part of the property while part of the building (CE or CM) is constructed and then demolished. This would make room for the other building to be constructed. In the future, we will be sure to communicate the details surrounding the decision.
Monfort Heights is a fairly new school. Why is there a need to renovate MHE before renovating a school such as Houston which is much older? Why the need for renovations at MHE already? Would we have the same situation with the new schools? (newer schools needing renovations)
Although it is one of the newer buildings, Monfort Heights is now 22 years old or approximately half way though it’s life expectancy (typically 50 years). Educational delivery models have since changed which would require some renovation in order to achieve educational equity and continuity with other buildings. The renovations also include the cost of the building’s maintenance which need to be addressed.
Why do we need to renovate Struble, Pleasant Run and Taylor? They are new. CE, CM, and CHS desperately need new schools. I won't support other renovations until these schools are replaced. Even Monfort Heights is fairly new.
There are no current plans to renovate Struble, Pleasant Run or Taylor. Those three buildings were completed in Phase 1. There are no renovation needs for those three buildings at this time. Monfort Heights has deferred maintenance which will need to be addressed. Although it is one of the newer buildings, Monfort Heights is now 22 years old or approximately half way though it’s life expectancy (typically 50 years). Educational delivery models have since changed which would require some renovation in order to achieve educational equity and continuity with other buildings. Also, high schools will be addressed in Phase 3 of the Master Facility Plan.
What is the Weigel school building being used for at this time and in the future?
What is/are the benefit(s) to eliminate White Oak Middle School?
Combining three middle schools into two middle schools would allow an opportunity for operational efficiency, because there will be fewer buildings and properties to maintain and operate. Additionally, Phase 2 of the Master Facility Plan will also help us address class size efficiency, increase in academic learning opportunities, and will help NWLSD to create a clean feeder school district, which will better align students as they transition throughout each level of school.
Also, please note, the White Oak Middle School site could potentially be the site location for one of the new buildings discussed in Phase 2 of the Plan.
If we have a NEW Career Tech area for HS, how does our relationship with Butler Tech change?
NWLSD’s relationship with Butler Tech would not be adversely impacted; we are hopeful that the new buildings would open up more opportunities for collaboration. Our strong partnership with Butler Tech allows our District to house the largest number of Career Tech Courses on site in the State of Ohio.
Would there be a financial benefit to NOT have a Career Tech area at HS and continue using Butler Tech facilities? What is the potential timeframe for implementing all of the options?
Northwest Local School District has the largest number of Career Tech Courses housed on site in the State of Ohio. Butler Tech Career Centers on our campus increase opportunities for our students. Having Career Centers on campus allows more students to have access to participate in programs, it also allows students to be present on NW’s Campus and to be able to participate in the high school activities for part of the day while still gaining career instruction.
What are the ages of each building and can a summary of the general needs for each be provided?
The ages of NWLSD’s Buildings can be found on the Existing Facilities page of our website: BuildingNWLSD.org (Click link to access) By clicking on each school photo, viewers will be able to access a breakdown of each school’s State Building Assessment.
What would be the mil impact for each potential option? What options for funding support can be provided by the state to help offset the impact for each homeowner? Thank you!
- Bond Issue $175,850,000
- Election Date: November 8, 2022
- Term: 38 Years
- Proposed Millage: 4.98
- Estimated Annual Revenue: $8,704,807
- Estimated Annual Cost to Homeowner
$100,000 Market Value - $174.30/yr
$14.53 - month; .48¢ - day
- Monfort Heights Bond: approved 1.15 mills*, rolling off 2022.
- THE REAL FEEL WILL BE UNDER 4 MILLS
*Monfort Heights Bond was approved at 1.15 mills which does not include changes in valuation or homestead and rollback tax credits.
Community members are encouraged to visit the Hamilton County Auditor's Office Website. Click on "Property Search" to access your property information and select "Levy Information" to view the Estimated Annual Tax.
As a participant in the State’s ELPP Program, the State would allow NWLSD to sell bonds (borrow) in order to acquire the necessary amount needed to achieve the State’s recommendation. Additionally, by continuing to participate in the State program, NWLSD would earn an estimated total of $50 million in ELPP credits that could be used towards a co-funded phase 3.
Why didn't you consider letting everyone above Kemper go to Fairfield and everyone east of Marino/Session/Pottinger/275 go to Mt Healthy and then only have 1 MS & HS?
Boundary lines for school districts are determined by the State of Ohio.
Why do we need a new High School or two new High Schools? The same with the middle schools. The only elementary and middle school that needs replacing is Colerain. Surely, renovation is an option at PRMS, WOMS, NHS and CHS.
The State of Ohio recommends that NWLSD REPLACE seven buildings and renovate one based on each building’s current condition. The cost to make the recommended changes is $319 million. Like most public schools, NWLSD has a limit on the amount that can be borrowed. Currently NWLSD has a debt limit of $82 million, which would not be enough to achieve the State’s recommended replacements.
As a participant in the State’s ELPP Program, the State would allow NWLSD to sell bonds (borrow) in order to acquire the necessary amount needed to achieve the State’s recommendation. Additionally, by continuing to participate in the State program, NWLSD would earn an estimated total of $50 million in ELPP credits that could be used towards a co-fund phase 3.
If NWLSD were to make the decision to RENOVATE all eight of the buildings, the total amount would be approximately $248 million, which would exceed NWLSD’s $82 million debt limit. Making the decision to renovate all eight buildings would also eliminate NWLSD’s opportunity to participate in the ELPP Program and other State Programs like Classroom Facilities Assistance Program (CFAP). Both State programs assist with funding for school facilities allowing schools to borrow based on financial need. Without participating in the ELPP and CFAP programs, the State will only allow NWLSD to borrow a max of $82 million, which would not address CE, CMS and the $40 million of deferred maintenance needed for other existing buildings, leaving NWLSD with 50-100+ year old buildings and no future means of replacement for the next 30 years when Phase 1 bonds roll off.
Why do Taylor students split between PRMS and CMS? Why can't they all just go to PRMS?
In the existing buildings, the capacity of the middle schools are not able to accommodate all Taylor students. Under the Phase 2 Plan, the clean feeder system would allow all Taylor students to attend Pleasant Run Middle.
Phase 2 Clean Feeder System: (See Graphic below)
- All Colerain Elementary, Struble and Monfort Heights students would feed to Colerain Middle and Colerain High School
- All Pleasant Run Elementary, and Taylor Elementary would feed to Pleasant Run Middle and Northwest High School