South Amherst Middle School and Firelands High School have served our community well, but the educational and financial challenges of maintaining a 107-year-old and 63-year old building continue to grow. Antiquated boilers, roof repairs, inefficient windows and doors, leaky plumbing, dim lighting, failing electrical systems that cannot handle modern technology, lack of ADA compliance, and safety and security mechanisms are just some of the challenges that impact our students, teachers, and staff every day. We cannot ignore these issues-but we also cannot ignore our community.
That's why after a series of failed attempts to address our facility issues, we're taking a step back.
Over the next few months we will reach out to the community to help us determine our next steps. We will interview residents and leaders, field an online survey, host listening sessions, and conduct a telephone survey to gain a better understanding of what is in the best interest of our students, community, and the educational excellence of our district. Throughout this process we will inform you of our progress, the condition of our aging facilities, and the results from these input opportunities.
We cannot sit back and do nothing as our buildings deteriorate around us and the cost to fix them rises each day. We hope you will support these efforts and provide your input as we explore how Firelands Local Schools will continue upholding its motto-"Pursuing Excellence."
If you would like additional information, please contact us at 440.965.5821.
Mike Von Gunten
FHS Class of 1995