Building Our Future:

Pre K-5 Facility

Facilities Next Steps

During the month of April, Then Design Architecture Inc. (TDA) met with Eastwood and Prospect staff to gather design input for the new elementary facility. The staff was interested in incorporating 21st-century design features like collaborative workspaces, Café Style lunch room, small group work stations, and upgraded security features. TDA will meet with over 125 community, staff, administrators, and parents in a Design Visioning Meeting on May 18th at the Mt. Zion Church from 8:00 to 2:30. The Visioning Session will provide the community with an opportunity to provide input in the design of the building.

May, 2019: Bond Update

In April, 2019 we sold $10,000,000 in bonds to be repaid over 30 years which, after expenses, generated $9,810,000. Later this year we will begin the process to structure the sale of the remaining $7,760,000. Our first payment on the bonds will be due on November 1, 2019.

Now that our Construction Manager at Risk, Greenspace Construction Services, LLS, has been hired we will plot our cash needs for the project and invest the bond proceeds accordingly.

April, 2019: CM Selected

On Saturday, April 27th Oberlin City School’s Facilities Committee met with three Construction Manager (CM) firms. The committee consisted of parents, staff, and administrators. AECOM, Greenspace, and Ruhlin firms provided the committee with very detailed presentations. The committee selected Greenspace as the construction management (cm) firm for the project. Greenspace has collaborated with TDA on the following projects: North Ridgeville City Schools, Cleveland Municipal School (CMSD) District Campus International, Brooklyn City Schools, and other projects. The Greenspace team will include a sustainability consultant to support the Oberlin PreK-5 Facilities projects high-performance initiatives.

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March, 2019: Bond Rating

On Friday, March 1, 2019, Oberlin City Schools traveled to Chicago, Illinois to engage in a 2-hour 36-page presentation to Moody Investors. As part of the facilities process, the district must receive a bond rating from Moody Investors. The bond rating will secure an interest rating for the district. Prior to the meeting, we submitted a 85-page detailed portfolio. The portfolio illustrated the district’s financial, academic, and community highlights. We have been collaborating with the city, college, and all stakeholders since January to gather the data for the portfolio and presentation. It was a very comprehensive process. The district would like to thank Dr. Ken Stanley and Angela Dotson for all your time and hard work.

February, 2019: Architect Selected

Oberlin City Schools PreK-5 Facilities Committee, consisting of 22 staff and community members, will recommend Thendesign Architectural (TDA) firm to the Oberlin Board of Education at the Tuesday, February 26 Regular Board Meeting. The PreK-5 Facilities Committee met on Saturday, February 9 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm at Oberlin High School.

During the meeting, Lesko, BSHM, and TDA architectural firms provided presentations to the committee. After great discussion and reviewing all of the presentations, the committee selected TDA as their first choice. TDA designed the new North Ridgeville Academic Center, North Olmsted Performing Arts Center, IB International School in Cleveland, and various other innovative projects. Please visit TDA’s website at

Once the architect has been approved, the firm will begin conducting land survey's, working with our Sustainability Committee, and meeting with our stakeholders (students, staff, parents, administrators, and community members).

December, 2018: Request for Qualifications

In December, community members and district administrators met to develop a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an architect. The RFQ will allow architects to submit their qualifications and interest in the project. The Oberlin Board of Education approved the RFQ on December 11, 2018. The district will post the RFQ on our website, newspaper, and on the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) website. Interested architects will submit their RFQ’s between December 14, 2018 to January 17, 2019 to the Oberlin Board of Education. A committee consisting of community members, staff, and administrators will review the RFQ’s and then select an innovative architect, tentatively by February.

November 2018: Issue 11 Passes – Thank You!

PreK -5 Facilities Committee Members

Oberlin City Schools would like to thank all of our PreK-5 Facilities Committee members for your hard work and dedication.

Chris Frank -School Administrator

Robin Diedrick - Teacher / OOEA

Albert Borroni - BOE Member

Barry Richard - BOE Member

David Hall - Superintendent

Angela Dotson - Treasurer

Erika Arbaugh - OAPSE

Kelley Singleton - City Council

Kristin Peterson - City Council

Chief Warfield - OPD Police Chief

Jeff Baumann - City of Oberlin

Pradnya Martz - Realtor

Jeff Hobbs - Oberlin College

Eric Steggall - Oberlin College / Parent

Mike Dyer - Parent

Todd Rasmussen - Parent

Heather Adelman - Parent

Matt Adelman - Parent

Amy Burgess - Parent

Steve Thompson - Parent

Erik Andrews - Parent

Craig Brandt - Parent

Financial Update

Sudsina & Associates Qualifications - Oberlin CSD (1).pdf
Preliminary Credit Profile 121118 - Oberlin CSD.pdf