Parma City School District Focuses On A Safe Start To School, Plan For Future

A Message from PCSD Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D.

The beginning of the 2020-21 school year is unlike any we have ever experienced! However, we are working hard to ensure a safe opening for our students and staff and are very grateful for the flexibility and patience that all of our students, families and staff members have displayed as we formed our plans. We encourage you to visit for updates as we progress through our first few weeks of classes. 

While we are striving to have a successful opening to this once-in-a-lifetime school year, we must also turn our attention and efforts to helping our communities understand the importance of our Strategic Consolidation plan. We worked extremely hard throughout 2019 to gain input into building this model for the future of our district and anticipate placing a bond issue to fund new construction on this November’s ballot. It has been sometime since we have spoken formally about the plan that emerged from our public meetings last year, so it is important to review its contents.

We seek to create:

  • Two secondary campuses (grades 6-12), each with a middle and high school that serve as separate entities but share one roof, on the sites of Normandy and Valley Forge.

  • One wellness and educational campus at Parma Senior High School, home to our Board Office, ACES (formerly known as the Opportunity Center for students with autism), and community assets open to our residents including gymnasiums, a pool, and the iconic PSH Auditorium.

  • Six elementary campuses (Grades Pre-K through 5). (Second phase)

The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) remains excited at the potential to partner with us, a collaboration which will save our district $69 million of the current cost of construction. We will ask district tax payers to consider a 6.5 mill bond issue to fund the new construction. 

We wanted to share our plan in person throughout our three communities this summer to allow you to ask questions and learn more from the informal conversations that are so critical to building understanding. These opportunities are clearly limited now. We will communicate, instead, through written and social media so that you can learn more about the exciting possibilities that we continue to pursue.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 7:34 PM, 08.04.2020