Troy BOE tables firm proposal

Board seeks more time to study the hiring of a firm for a facilities plan

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — The Troy City Schools board of education tabled the discussion of hiring a consultant and architect firm for the district’s facility and master plan on Monday.

President of the board Doug Trostle was not in attendance.

Last month, the administration and board of education members interviewed four firms. Each firm presented its plan and information regarding the district’s options to conduct community surveys and develop the district’s future building and facility plans.

The board tabled the discussion to enter into an agreement with SHP Leading Design for 20 months. Services included facilitating committee meetings with school district leaders, the Ohio Facility Construction Commission and hosting “Community Advisory Team meetings” composed of district staff, parents and community representatives and other focus group meetings. Other services included a comprehensive review of the district’s existing facilities and as well as available sites and analysis of enrollment and other projections.

“We are at a point where we believe we just need to take a strong and deep look at our facilities that are continuing to age,” Vice-President Joyce Reives said.

Superintendent Eric Herman said the firm’s main goal would be to seek the community’s input would e to rehabilitate its current facilities, build new schools or a combination of the two options.

The agreement also included compensation for the services for at least 200 consulting hours for $45,000. The district would pay half of the fee at the beginning of the contract dated April 1, 2016 and the final payment at the end of its service agreement in November 2017. According to Reives, SHP was the least costly option of the four firms and one of two firms that agreed to gather community input services as part of their contract.

Board member Thomas Kleptz said he was not “all that impressed” with the SHP firm and requested that the board take more time to review its options.

Reives said the board would likely meet before its next regular meeting in May for a special work session.

In other news:

The board approved the district’s assistant superintendent position’s job description and its revisions. The position has been vacant since Superintendent Herman was tapped as interim superintendent in 2010 before being hired full-time.

Board seeks more time to study the hiring of a firm for a facilities plan

By Melanie Yingst

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