Building Our Future:

Pre K-5 Facility

November 2018: Issue 11 Passes – Thank You!

On November 6, 2018, Oberlin City Schools passed a 4.8 mil Bond Issue to construct a state-of- the-art, energy, and cost efficient PreK-5 facility. Once again, we would like to thank our community for your support on passing Issue 11 and making this 10-year dream come into reality. The district is committed to involving our community and stakeholders in the internal and external design of our new facility.

The bond will generate $17.8 million dollars over 37 years. Oberlin City Schools is very excited to begin the project. We will involve and inform our community during all stages of the project. The district developed a board presentation illustrating our next steps.

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.

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).

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.

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

Facilities Next Steps

The Oberlin City Schools next step in the PreK-5 Facilities process is selecting a project Construction Manager (CM). The Board will approve a project Construction Manager - Request for Qualifications (RFQ) at the 5:30 Tuesday, February 26 meeting @ Eastwood Elementary. The district will post the CM-RFQ on the OFCC and district website. The CM will oversee the construction of the project. The district will have a PreK-5 CM Facilities Committee assist with the selection process. The committee will consist of community members, staff, and parents.

Financial Update

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

Monthly Updates