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Published: Friday, 3/14/2003

Rogers session will be first in series to get public input


The present Rogers High School will be the site and the future Rogers High School will be the subject of the first public meeting in the design phase of Toledo Public Schools' massive rebuilding and renovation project.

A community gathering is planned for Wednesday to begin discussions about designing and building the new high school, one of the first in the decade-long project.

“Since we don't have any historical issues that need to be resolved - none that have been brought to our attention - and we're a high school that can be built on its current land, I think it's probably good that Rogers is first because we have a better idea of where we're going,” said John Foley, school improvement leader in the Rogers area.

The district has mailed notices to registered voters in the high school's area and sent information about the meeting to parents. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Rogers' cafeteria.

“Basically, the purpose of the meeting is to gather input from residents and from citizens,” Superintendent Eugene Sanders said. “We're looking for suggestions like what kind of building it will be, what it will look like, what are things we think are important to have in the building.”

Educational needs, state requirements, design specifications, and building budgets are all topics for the evening, said Dan Burns, acting chief business manager.

Architects and members of the district's construction management team will be in attendance, but no plans will be presented, he said.

“I think it's important for people to understand what we're going to be doing and how this school will be shaped,” Mr. Burns said.

During the levy campaign last year for the millage to fund the local 25 percent share of the $821 million project, district officials said design meetings would begin earlier this year.

Mr. Burns said the recount of the vote following the Nov. 5 election, in part, caused a delay in scheduling the design meetings but he didn't expect the project to fall behind.

“I'm still trying to push that we could go out for bid hopefully in January,” he said. “I would have liked to have had a little more time, but we're pushing for everyone to work a little harder and stay on task.”

Rogers is one of 11 buildings in the first of six phases of the project that eventually will replace nearly all schools in the Toledo city district.

Mr. Burns said the district would hold another meeting at each school within a couple months to review some designs.

Additional school design meetings for the project's first phase include: Oakdale Elementary, 6:30 p.m. March 26; Ottawa River Elementary, 6:30 p.m. March 27; new middle school for the Scott area, 6:30 p.m. April 1 at Scott High; new middle school for the Libbey area, 6:30 p.m. April 2 at Libbey High; Start High School, 6:30 p.m. April 3; new middle school for the Waite area, 9 a.m. April 5 at East Toledo Junior High; Leverette middle school, 6:30 p.m. April 8 at Leverette Junior High; Robinson middle school, 6:30 p.m. April 10 at Robinson Junior High, and Bowsher High School, 6:30 p.m. April 14.

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