Visioning Committee Set to Make Recommendation

Visioning Committee Set to Make Recommendation
Posted on 11/18/2019
After months of meetings, listening sessions, and community surveys, the Xenia Community Schools Visioning Committee will make its formal recommendation about school facilities to the Board on December 9, 2019. 

“This has been a long and intense process – but one that is critical to moving Xenia Schools forward,” notes Dr. Gabriel E. Lofton, Superintendent of XCS. “Truly engaging with community stakeholders is key to creating a successful plan to provide safe, warm and dry facilities for all of our students.” 

The Visioning Committee, comprised of parents, community members, local business owners, staff, district administration, and students, was designed to bring a variety of voices to the discussion about the future of Xenia Schools. In addition to inviting widely diverging viewpoints to the table, the Visioning Committee also considered input from the wider Xenia community that was solicited via online and in-person surveys, as well as a marathon day of listening sessions that were open to the public in May 2019. 

Since Fall 2018, the 70+ members of the Visioning Committee have met regularly to discuss a variety of options for the Middle and High School facilities. Each month, the Committee worked to whittle down the options from more than a dozen initial proposals to those they felt best met the needs of students and the community. In looking at these plans, which included a variety of options for either new facilities and/or renovations, the Committee took a hard look at the current condition of the buildings, as well as the cost comparisons between replacing facilities, completely renovating current buildings, and simply maintaining the current Warner Middle School and Xenia High School. 

After a year of work, the Committee will present its final recommendation to the Board at the December meeting.  
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