School Board Receives Update on Facilities Master Plan

School Board Receives Update on Facilities Master Plan
Posted on 05/19/2017

TransitionOn May 9, the Mason City Schools Board of Education received an update on the progress being made as district officials move forward with the Facility Master Plan that is funded in large part by tobacco settlement funds from the Ohio School Facilities Commission.

Chief Operations Officer Todd Petrey shared the Mason Early Childhood Center and Mason Intermediate School blueprints that have been developed with staff input.

"I would like to compliment the MECC staff. This past Friday, Mrs. Bly organized a half day of meetings for the staff to come through in teams. The thoughtfulness they had put into this - from furniture, to classroom layout, to the gym's entrance and exit flow - was incredible. It spoke volumes about the quality of staff who's here." 

In order to have all of the district’s second graders at MECC, the plan calls for adding 12 classrooms, as well as additional cafeteria, gym, and office space.

During the 2019-20 school year, Mason Intermediate will educate all of the district’s third through sixth graders. Petrey addressed the need to improve traffic flow at Mason Intermediate before an additional grade of students attends school there.

“In order to bring in more kids at MI, we really needed to focus on the traffic pattern, and we are doing that. We will also be adding forty more parking spots to the rear of the building for additional staff. The key to this is that it will pull some of that congestion from the front of the building and allow for visitor parking, and more parking for the teachers coming over from Western Row.”

Mason Middle School will undergo the most significant renovations in the Facility Master Plan. Because of that, Mason Middle School students will need to relocate to Mason Intermediate School and Mason High School during 2018-2019 school year, while awaiting the multi-million-dollar reconstruction of their school.

Petrey outlined that during the 2018-2019 transition year, the Mason Middle School section (all of seventh grade and a portion of eighth grade) of Mason Intermediate will be on located on the MI-45 side of the building (single-story side of the building) and grades five and six will be located on the MI-56 side (two-story side of the building).

Superintendent Gail Kist-Kline said that it was important to ensure that the district align its actions to important district values like equity and transparency when determining how eighth grade would be split. “In order to make sure that eighth graders have equitable options in both locations, the split won’t be determined by academic ability - honors students will not all remain at one location. Also, electives like Spanish, art, gym, business and tech offerings will be offered at the MMS section of MI and the MMS section of MHS.”

Dr. Kist-Kline also shared that MMS administrators will allow families to preference where their child would prefer to attend eighth grade, or allow families to select the same location as a friend rather than preferencing attending eighth grade at the MMS section of MI or MHS. “I appreciate the great team that is working to ensure our families’ and staff’s concerns are heard and addressed. We will continue to provide regular, timely updates on our progress.”

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