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Mark Wiseman from Levin Porter Architects shared a summary of the district-wide building assessment and master facility plan during the Centerville Board of Education's work session on Oct. 18.

The Centerville Board of Education received information about a district-wide building assessment and master facility plan during a work session on Oct. 18 at Centerville High School.

Mark Wiseman, the owner of Levin Porter Architects, gave a summary of the assessment and provided an opportunity for board members to ask questions about the process.

The board approved the district to move forward with the building assessment and master facility plan last November. At that time, Director of Business Operations Jon Wesney shared that the assessment would evaluate 20 systems in every district facility, such as mechanical/HVAC, electrical, security, fire alarm and fire protection systems, roofing and more.

The completed building assessment provided the district with more than 2,700 pages of data, including each system’s age, general condition and life expectancy, as well as budget estimates and timelines for repair and replacement. Each building has its own assessment plan outlining future projects. The information will serve as a guide for the Business Operations department to develop a 5- to 10-year permanent improvement capital plan.

“A lot of the work we do in the Business Operations department may seem routine, and much of it may even go unnoticed, but it is the reason our facilities have lasted through the years,” Wesney said. “This in-depth assessment was necessary to start looking at what kinds of repairs, renovations and plans we’ll need in the coming years so we can continue to provide a safe and effective learning environment.”

In addition, the project introduced concepts for how the district could use existing facilities and acreage in the future.

“It’s the responsibility of the Board of Education and the district leadership team to always be looking ahead,” said Superintendent Dr. Tom Henderson, referencing the two parcels of land owned by the district. “We have already been approached by groups wanting to develop available acreage, and we need to be aware of how our school district may need to use that land in the future so we can make sensible decisions in the years to come.”

The building assessment project was funded through the district’s Permanent Improvement Fund, which is dedicated to building repairs, renovations, maintenance and other school facility and permanent improvement needs.

Centerville Schools own more than 340 acres of land and 15 buildings, which include 1.3 million square feet of space. The average age of the district’s school buildings is 57 years old -- the oldest (Magsig Middle School) is 97 years old, and the newest (Primary Village South) opened in 2007.

Centerville City Schools serve about 8,200 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility accommodating and servicing more than 120 buses that also transports daily to 14 public and 15 non-public schools. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.