We Educate for Excellence

Master Facilities Plan

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In 2002, the Ohio School Facilities Commission completed a building assessment of each school in the district, evaluating the physical condition of the interior and exterior of each building. Lesko Associates Inc. was hired in 2005 to complete a facilities/land use study, which was subsequently updated in 2008 and 2014 to reflect current building costs for Phase II of the Master Facilities Plan. You can view that study here.

The History of Our Facilities Review

Ohio Facilities Commission

Phase I

Phase 1 of the Westlake City Schools Master Facilities Plan made essential repairs and upgrades to our declining building systems by renovating and adding space to our intermediate school and building a new middle school and high school. The 20/20 Vision Committee members selected this approach as a reasonable, cost-effective effective solution to urgent problems. It addressed our students’ needs and protected our district’s taxpayers.

Phase II

A Strategic Planning Committee met throughout 2015 and 2016 to, in part, analyze the district’s facilities and continue the work of the original Vision 20/20 committee. This group worked with the district to finalize an outline for a strategic plan to outline priorities and address our school buildings.

In 2016, voters approved a combination 1.3-mill bond issue and 0.8-mill permanent improvement levy to fund a new, centrally located PK-4 elementary school to replace the district's four aging schools. Westlake Elementary School opens Fall 2019, completing the final phase of the Master Facilities Plan.

Strategic Planning Committee

Our schools are working hard every day to prepare students for their futures, and a key component of that process involves understanding where our community and the global community is heading. Staying on top of global workforce and higher education changes is complicated, and we subscribe to the notion that “it takes a village.”

To that end, we established a Strategic Planning Committee made up of Westlake leaders, including business, civic, higher education and clergy, along with parents and school officials, to help set the course for our schools for the next three to five years. This group expands upon the work completed by the Vision 20/20 committee. Some preliminary community research revealed our residents had a lot of questions and needed more opportunities to provide input and ask questions. We responded by expanding the group and expanding the scope.

The Strategic Planning Committee has been meeting to review academic and community research; discuss global and national employment and skill trends; analyze district facilities, finances and academics; and provide input and feedback. This group will help us determine next steps and work with us to finalize an outline for a strategic plan. The details of the strategic plan will be provided by school district professionals, using the outline and priorities established by the committee.

The framework that will be developed through is process will help ensure Westlake City Schools is staying on the right track and Educating for Excellence.