community & alumni
Our commitment to preparing our youngest citizens for their futures starts with providing them a safe and secure learning environment. We cannot sit back and ignore the deteriorating facilities and their accompanying educational and financial challenges. Check back over the next few months as we take you on a virtual tour of our facilities. Learn the facts and see the photos detailing the challenges our teachers, staff, and students face on a day-to-day basis.
Some Areas of Concern
Building Advisory Committee

The District has re-established the Building Advisory Committee (BAC)- a committee that will represent a broad cross-section of our district. The BAC will meet at least four times to thoroughly assess the needs of our facilities. This committee will be charged with:

  • Reviewing enrollment studies, demographics, and property values
  • Examining Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) assessments detailing exact issues with each of the facilities and the costs associated
  • Touring the district facilities
  • Reviewing the results of listening sessions with teachers, staff, parents, and residents
  • Evaluating the results of a statistically-valid telephone survey of our community
  • and lastly, recommending a long-term facility solution to the school board 
The input and feedback offered by our stakeholders and community members is essential in this process, and will help us determine our next steps. We cannot sit back and do nothing as our buildings deteriorate around us, with the cost to fix them rising each and every day.
If you have questions about our faciliteis, please contact,  District Superintendent, Mike Von Gunten at 440-965-5821. 


Process Update

The administration and board have been listening to the community and gathering feedback about our facility challenges. Working together to identify a long-term solution to these challenges is in the best interest of our students, community, and the educational excellence of our district. We thank you for your patience and support of these efforts. Together, we are Firelands.

Meeting Information
During the meetings, we gave a brief background of how we got to this point, and then took some time to hear from you. Attached are group responses to the following questions:
10-12-2017  Meeting Topics:
  •  Enrollment
  • Building Assessments
10-26-2017  Meeting Topics:
  • Overview of community reseach results
  • Facilities - needs and finances 

District Map 

BAC Meeting 3 PPT  Handout.pdf



  Renovation estimate for SAMS is $ 13 million

  Replacement cost for SAMS is $ 14.8 million - replacement cost recalculated in November 2017





Please click here to see the Powerpoint from this meeting. 

Items discussed include:

  •  Findings for in-depth interviews
  •  Online surbey results
  •  Building conditions questions and answers
  • Scenarios 1-8 

    A downloadable FHS District map is available here. 


    December 18, 2017

     Please click here to see the powerpoint from this meeting.

    Please click here to see what plan is recommended by the BAC. Scenario 9 - Variation 2 recieved the most support.

     Thank you to everyone who has been involved in the Building Advisory Committee process throughout the past several months. Your participation, thoughtful questions, and feedback were a critical part of this process. We value your commitment to the district and our students, and are thankful for your continued support. 


    For additional information on the multiple issues surrounding our facilities, please follow this link to the #iAmFirelands Facebook page.
    Building Assessments
    Enrollment Reports
    Get Involved!
    Next Meeting for the BAC:
    December 13th in the Band Room at FHS
    7:00 pm 
    September 28th at FHS
    7:00 pm
    Listening Session
    October 11, 2017 at FHS
    6:00 p.m. 
    Building Advisory Committee
    October 12th at SAMS
     7:00 pm 
    Building Advisory Committee
    October 26th at SAMS
    7:00 pm 
    Building Advisory Committee 
    November 30th at SAMS
    7:00 pm 
    Building Tours
    Join us for one of three opportunities to tour our buildings to learn more about the structural and systemic facilities issues:
    •         Firelands High School -November 2, 6:30 PM
    •         South Amherst Middle School–November 9, 6:30 PM
    •         Firelands Elementary School– November 16, 6:30 PM
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