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District Update
Students, Staff and Parents/Guardians,
 
With our second half of the school year beginning on January 25, I want to express my gratitude for all the ways our students, parents and staff have each contributed to our ability to stay safe and remain open for in-person schooling. I am grateful for the support of the community who continues to donate gift cards to help Firelands families who are struggling financially due to the pandemic. I am excited about the continued progress on the construction of our new high school and our ability to move forward and look to the future. Despite our masked faces and social distancing, there is no better time to be a Falcon.

As always, the health and safety of our children and staff members is at the forefront of our decisions. We continue to meet with the Lorain County Board of Health weekly and follow these recommended safety procedures:
  • Completion of a daily at home health symptom check by parents of all students attending school in our buildings
  • Frequent hand washing
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing of our buildings and buses
  • Social distancing
  • Facial coverings for students and staff
District Updates are sent frequently via email and copies of the messages, along with other important information, can be found on the Parent Tab

May each and every one of you stay safe and healthy in 2021.
 
Messages from the Superintendent

High School Construction

Mr. Von Gunten
Our construction process continues:
 
Firelands Local Schools and the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) jointly selected BSHM as the architectural firm to design our new high school. BSHM will also be working with Clark and Post Architects (based in Lorain, OH) on our project. BSHM has been in practice since 1962 and has vast experience working with and designing educational structures. 
 
The construction manager at risk and commissioning agent have also been appointed. While there are multiple delivery options available to public entities, the construction manager at risk model was chosen by our Board of Education. The firm will be immediately involved in the design of our new high school which will help ensure our project remains within budget and on schedule. A commissioning agent is required by the OFCC and acts as a checks and balance process for the district and our taxpayers. Commissioning agents have extensive technical background and High School Construction Meetings Underway expertise with verification techniques, functional performance testing, system equipment and operations and maintenance knowledge. 
 
Educational visioning is complete! Through conversations with our staff, students, parents and community, we have discussed our vision for education in Firelands and how our new high school will support that vision. The input gathered will be used as the design phase begins.
 
As a reminder, please visit our “construction update” tab on the district’s website for current information on our building project or feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns regarding the construction of our new Firelands High School. 
 
Mr. Mike Von Gunten
Superintendent
Office: 440-965-5821
Firelands Local Schools
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