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Metro Middle school will be undergoing construction updates from November 2022 to January 2023. The new construction will build out floor to ceiling walls and a new HVAC and sprinkler configuration on the middle school side of the building at Kenny Road.
Final drawings of the new space have been presented to the city for permitting. Once approved, the team will begin to purchase items that have been hard to acquire due to supply chain issues and construction demand heightened during the 2020 pandemic.
Construction is set to begin November 1, 2022.
Plan submitted for approval:
Metro Middle School is excited to announce that the current layout of cubicle dividers will be replaced with classroom walls during fall/winter of 2022.
The work scheduled in the middle school will greatly improve the learning environment by reworking the HVAC system and adding full walls. This will allow teachers to increase active learning without the worry of disrupting neighboring classrooms.
School leaders worked diligently to design a plan for the active construction period (Nov-Jan ) that was least disruptive to learning. This included alternate schedules, swing spaces for classes (locations outside the Metro building), and hybrid options. Also considered were time restrictions on the use of funding, schedules of the firms assisting with the project, and natural breaks on the school calendar.
Superintendent Meka Pace hosted a meeting with Metro families in August of 2022 to discuss the construction project and the current plan to accommodate learning. The hybrid option presented will have middle school students on site Mon/Wed/Fri and virtual Tues/Thurs. High school students will be on site Tues/Thurs and virtual Mon/Wed/Fri. Sixth grade families will have the option of sending students on site daily and there will be provision for high school students taking college classes who need space to work at Metro when not on the OSU campus.
Parents unable to attend the meeting can review the PowerPoint presentation here, which includes the new classroom layout.
Input from families is welcome as the project timeline approaches. Parents/guardians interested in serving on a parent/staff council to research alternate sites or who have ideas to share with administration are invited to complete the Metro Middle School Construction survey during August/September.
February 2022 Parent Update
Metro will be using Federal dollars through ARP ESSER funds to build out walls on the middle school side of the building. In order to do this, both the HVAC and the sprinkler systems must be reconfigured. The timing is not ideal, but if all other factors align as needed, we will move forward with the project. Changes in the timing may be made based on availability of supplies and schedules of firms working on the design and construction.
We have been working with our firms to get a timeline that is the least disruptive to the educational process as possible. A fourth month window is needed and we are actively working on options. The original plan is to have work begin May 1 and end late August/early September. We are weighing all options, including hybrid cohorts or virtual school, as well as ways to end the school year face to face using swing space in the vicinity.
UPDATE: The May-August construction window was not possible due to contractor schedules and the inability to keep students in person for the end of the 2021-22 school year and the start of the 2022-21 school year - times it would be most disruptive to have students working online. Other options will be considered that are least disruptive to our regular schedule.
September 2022 Update
The first “construction" project at the Indianola building is set to begin October 1, 2022. This will be an early abatement and replacement of the roof. Beyond this first package, most of the construction will occur during 2023-2024.
The design team has been working with user groups to refine some of the initial proposed designs in order to ensure that the building will be best suited to the Metro program.
Metro @ Indianola Community Council
Metro leadership is working with city and community groups to ensure that the area is equipped to handle the added load of a school building before the opening. This includes investigating one way streets, on street parking , street widths and traffic lights.
The Metro at Indianola Community Council has been established to provide feedback on the direction of the construction project and to inform decisions that may impact the community. The group will meet a minimum of four times a year from 2022 to 2024 to make relevant, ongoing connections within the Indianola community and to establish an authentic presence in the area.
Community Council Members and their Affiliation:
Wanda Dillard, Co-Chair - Retired, OSU Wexner Medical Center
Doreen Uhas-Sauer, Co-Chair - University Area Commission
David Vottero - Clintonville Area Commission
Lair Marin Marcum - Hispanic Chamber of Columbus
Trudy Bartley - Associate Vice President, Local Government & Community Relations at OSU
Beth Necamp - Executive Director of Community & Civic Engagement, OSU Wexner Medical Center
Jackiethia Butsch - Sr. Outreach Coordinator Community & Civic Engagement, OSU Wexner Medical
Zach Davidson - Legislative Aide, Columbus City Council
Wes Hall - Vice President Philanthropy & Education, Battelle
Meka Pace - Superintendent, Metro Schools
Anthony Alston - Director of External Affairs, Metro Schools
Parent Update - February 2022
Planning is underway on the Indianola renovation project. A team of teachers, parents and administrators took part in meetings with the architectural engineering firm, Moody Nolan, to determine the physical spaces needed in the building and new paces that will allow us to extend programming in the future. The Construction Management Firm has also been secured and should be onboard in March.
OFCC News Release - July 2021
On July 8, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) approved more than $242 million in state funding for nine school construction projects; the list includes Metro's upcoming renovation of the former Indianola Middle School for future 6-12 expansion. Combined with $208 million in local funding, these projects represent more than $450 million in public construction work.
“We are pleased to support these local projects that will provide area students with an upgraded school environment and new learning opportunities,” said Governor DeWine. “Today’s OFCC action will continue to move education forward for many students throughout Ohio.”
"When it comes to student learning, school facilities matter," said OFCC Executive Director Cheryl J. Lyman. “These schools will reflect the best practices in design and construction.”
Funding awards are contingent upon State Controlling Board approval. All districts must raise the local share for their project. Metro received approval for a $14,443,571 state share and $14,443,571 local share.
Metro is participating in the state’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) School Facilities Assistance Program. This program provides funding to STEM schools in constructing, reconstructing, repairing, or making additions to classroom facilities.
About OFCC The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission oversees capital projects undertaken by state agencies and state-supported institutions of higher education; manages Ohio's school facility programs which provide support for the construction and renovation of public K-12 schools; and administers the funding for community-based cultural and sports facilities projects.