Mary Alice Reporting – Over 1,500 individuals have provided feedback related to the future of the New Philadelphia City School System.

Community meetings have been held and at a recent one, the administration outlined five options.

Superintendent David Brand explains they whittled down ideas into those viable options that will be under further consideration.

“Narrowed down some that involves some remodeling and additions to our facilities, to accommodations of new and remodel, to various options of new, whether it’s new in configurations or new location.”

The need for community engagement began after overcrowding issues, as well as safety and security concerns. Brand notes that a facility review identified maintenance needs at $14.5 million.

One option that had positive responses from school staff was to create unified grades.

For educational benefits, social and emotional benefits, and then also, community at large and the community spirit. We do have options where that is not on the table, but grade unification is something we heard pretty clearly from the community.”

As the New Philadelphia School District continues working through ideas, they point out that the State of Ohio has agreed to contribute 55% of the cost to renovate or replace the buildings.

The next community meeting is on May 20th at 7 pm.

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