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District Update
Students, Staff and Parents/Guardians,
 
We are off to a great start for the 2020-2021 school year! I want to commend our students, parents and staff for the way everyone has done their part and contributed to our success.

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

In addition, Firelands will have a substitute issue on the ballot. Issue 16 (both Lorain and Erie counties) is a 5.98 mil, 10-year substitute levy that does not increase taxes. You can find information about this important issue here.
 
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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