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Streetsboro school officials plan to let teachers give input during project's design phase

by mike lesko | Reporter Published: July 9, 2014 12:00 AM

Streetsboro -- Teachers will get a chance to contribute ideas for what features might appear in the upcoming new school buildings.

Superintendent Michael Daulbaugh said he will take teachers in groups to new school buildings in other districts "to look at what's possible." Then he'll talk with them about what features excite them -- and that input could be incorporated into the new Streetsboro school buildings.

"I can anticipate taking a group to see some different stadiums or state-of-the-art auditoriums, or taking science teachers to see what current science labs look like," Daulbaugh said at the June 12 Streetsboro Board of Education meeting.

A new Streetsboro High School and stadium are planned on Route 14 across from Deer Meadow Boulevard. Meanwhile, at the Route 303 school campus site, the existing high school will be renovated for grades six through eight, and an addition will be built at Campus Elementary School, following the approval of a bond issue in November. The current middle school and Wait Primary School will be closed. Henry Defer Intermediate School will not be renovated, but would only serve fourth- and fifth-graders, according to the district's plan.

Daulbaugh said teachers have been asking questions like: "When do I get to help design my classroom? When do I get to look at what the front of the building will look like?"

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"And maybe [they'll] help determine that," he added.

He said school officials already know what spaces exist in the planned school buildings.

"We've talked about what we want those spaces to look like," he said. "But the actual physical design of those classrooms, those spaces, will occur during that phase, and that's when we're going to be taking groups out."

Daulbaugh said FMD Architects of Fairlawn, which is handling the architectural phase of the school construction project, met with teachers on the last day of the school year.

"We had architectural teams at every building site," he said. "[School personnel] got to hear what the plans were. That week, we spent four days meeting with teams of teachers to talk about 21st century design, about what we want in our classrooms, what those classrooms should look like."

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Daulbaugh said it wasn't about details like desks and chairs, but "conceptually, where they are going to be located."

"Are we going to locate all of our mathematics [classrooms] in one wing?" he said. "Those types of details. Those are important details as they develop the program of requirements. That's when we transition into the design and development phase."

Daulbaugh said school officials plan to invite teachers, "probably in July, to see some preliminary design concepts, and get feedback and talk about them ... as we transition into that design and development phase in August and September."

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