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Beachwood Schools Updates Elementary Facility Community Meeting Schedule

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BEACHWOOD, Ohio — Beachwood Schools announced an updated schedule of elementary facility community meetings to review master plan options. The Beachwood School Board will review and hold an in-depth discussion of the options during two meetings scheduled for November.

According to the updated schedule, a presentation of the options for the master plan will take place at 7 p.m. on November 14 at the regular meeting of the school board at Fairmount Elementary School, 24601 Fairmount Blvd. The design team will share the process of developing, with community input, options for the master plan and recommend two options to the board.

These options were narrowed down from four options presented to the community in October. These options include:

— Option 1 includes updates from Fairmount Elementary for Pre-K; renovations and additions to Bryden Elementary for K-2 students; and renovations and additions to Hilltop Elementary for grades 3-5. This plan would require the relocation of students from Bryden and Hilltop to other schools for the duration of construction. The cost of Option 1 is estimated at $64.5 million.

— Option 2 includes updates from Fairmount Elementary for Pre-K; the construction of a new elementary school on the Bryden site (25501 Bryden Road) for students in kindergarten to grade 2; and construction of a new elementary school on the Hilltop site (24524 Hilltop Drive) for students in grades 3-5. The cost of Option 2 is estimated at $64.9 million.

— Option 3 includes renovations/additions to Fairmount Elementary for Pre-K-Grade 2 classrooms; renovations/additions to Bryden Elementary for grades 3-5; redeveloping the Hilltop site as a community recreation park and demolishing the Hilltop building while retaining its outdoor gymnasium and basketball courts and adding restrooms, soccer fields, a new playground and walking paths. Option 3 has an expected cost of $61.8 million.

— Option 4 would include renovations/additions to Fairmount Elementary for Pre-K through Grade 2 classrooms; a new elementary school for grades 3-5 at the Bryden site; redeveloping the Hilltop site as a community recreation park while demolishing the building and retaining its outdoor gymnasium and basketball courts, and adding restrooms, soccer fields, a new playground and walking paths. The estimated cost of Option 4 is $58.4 million.

The recommendations will be based on stakeholder feedback gathered from an online survey and conversations with more than 90 residents who attended the October 20 community meeting.

Following Monday’s presentation, a public study session will take place at a special meeting to be held at 7 p.m. on November 17. During the study session, the board will ask the design team questions about their recommendations and discuss options. The study session will also allow the public to ask questions. This meeting will be held in the Community Meeting Room at Beachwood High School, 25100 Fairmount Blvd.

Previously, a community meeting was scheduled for November 17. The updated schedule allows more time for the school board to ask questions, consider master plan options and hear questions from community stakeholders. Recordings of the meetings will be available on the District Basic Facilities Updates page.

Following these meetings, the school board will determine a final option based on community feedback and recommendations from the design team. The board is expected to vote in December on whether to impose a bond draw on the May 2023 ballot for public scrutiny.

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