Facilities Advisory Committee To Update Community And Gather Input On School Buildings

Briar Middle School

The Perkins Local School District’s Facilities Advisory Committee, a group of parents, community members, professionals, and local business representatives, this month will host a pair of meetings to update the community on facilities planning, share thoughts, and receive feedback for the future of our school district. 

The first meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, and the second meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30. Both meetings are open to parents, guardians, and all community members, and will be in the Perkins High School auditorium and include the same information.

The meetings will offer community members an opportunity to not only hear about the buildings and the committee recommendations, but also ask questions of the committee and share their opinions.

This community input is vital as the Perkins Local School District considers its options. 

The Facilities Advisory Committee first met in July and has met several times to discuss and review the condition of the Perkins Schools’ four buildings and the education needs of the district. The committee has been guided by the architecture and engineering firm of Fanning Howey, which was hired by the Perkins Board of Education earlier this year.

The committee members have toured the four buildings to become familiar with building conditions and space configurations. During the tours, they heard from the building principals and maintenance supervisor about challenges they face with these older facilities. 

The committee also reviewed information gathered from teachers, staff, and principals to understand education and teaching needs, and has reviewed enrollment projections and cost analysis for renovating the buildings to modernize them versus the cost of replacing them. 

Information from the committee meetings can be downloaded and reviewed by visiting Perkins Schools’ Facilities Master Plan website.

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