Bulldog Athlete
of the Week

Chase Baney

Varsity quarterback Chase Baney completed 19 of 25 passes for 339 yards and four touchdowns in the Lake game September 18. He rushed for 70 yards and a touchdown. The passing leader in the Northern Buckeye Conference, he has thrown for 962 yards and nine touchdowns.

Last year, Chase was named First Team All-NBC as a receiver, Second Team All-NBC as a defensive back, and Second Team All-District as a receiver. The son of Sean and Brigitte Baney of Rossford, Chase also lettered in track and is a Link Crew leader. He was a member of the Homecoming Court as a freshman and again as a senior.

Outside of school, Chase is a lifeguard at Splash Bay and is working toward being an Eagle Scout.

Congratulations, Chase!

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Three plans unveiled for school facilities
By Beth Church
Rossford voters will have three options to consider as the school board tries a third time to create a plan for school buildings that will satisfy voters.
At a board of education workshop meeting Monday evening, Rossford Superintendent Dan Creps unveiled three options for facilities.
Those are:
•A new pre-kindergarten to grade 12 campus at the Glenwood site.
•A new grade 6 to 12 building downtown, and a new grade pre-K to 5 at Glenwood.
•A renovated/new grade 6 to 12 building downtown, and a new grade pre-K to 5 at Glenwood.
“We’ve heard from many community members about the importance of the downtown,” he said. “I heard them loud and clear, so they are included in two of the three options.”
[See chart on page 3 for lists of advantages and disadvantages.]
The board’s discussion was facilitated by Cheryl Ryan of the Ohio School Boards Association.
After reviewing details of the plans and discussing their advantages and disadvantages, the board decided a community survey should be the next step. They do not want to choose a plan without input from community members.
“At the end of the day, it’s what the taxpayers want– what the voters are going to finance,” board member Jackie Brown said.
The board will ask OSBA to coordinate the survey and tabulate the results.
The survey will allow voters to select their preferences from among the three options. There will be an option to complete a paper survey or an online version.
The survey will be mailed to every registered voter in the school district in mid-October and due back October 31.
Ms. Ryan said she will create a draft survey for the board to review next week.
She asked the board members if the results of a survey would provide cohesion in making a decision on facilities.
“If the majority of those responding to the survey wants option number 2, for instance, can you all get behind that?” she questioned.
The board members all responded positively, nodding yes.
While the survey process is taking place, the board intends to advertise for an architect for the project.
The board scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, October 5, to vote on a contract with OSBA to coordinate the survey and to vote on a resolution asking for requests for qualifications (RFQs) from architects.
The board is trying to adhere to a schedule for a bond levy in the March 2016 election. The deadline is December 16 to place a levy on that ballot.
Board Discussion
In their discussion of the three options, Ms. Ryan asked board members to consider “what’s most important to you?”
“If money was not an issue, if time was not an issue, which of the options is the best for students educationally?” she said.
Mrs. Brown said board members may have personal feelings about school buildings, but they must represent the voters.
She believes the one campus option at Glenwood would be the most cost effective.
“But we have to take the taxpayers into consideration,” Mrs. Brown pointed out, emphasizing that residents like the “heritage and hometown feeling” of the downtown high school.
Board member Bev Koch agreed, adding the benefits that students can walk to school, can patronize downtown businesses at lunch and after school, and nearby residents can walk to football games.
Ms. Ryan asked board members to consider how important each of these factors are in the decision on facilities:
•Which option costs the most?
•Which would take the longest to complete?
She estimated that it will take 24 to 36 months from the passage of a bond levy to doors opening on a new building.
•Which is least disruptive to student learning, athletic events, parking and transportation?
“How much tolerance does your community have for disruption?” she added.
•Which can satisfy community needs in tradition and culture?
All board members were asked to rank their priorities among those criteria in decision making. [see chart]
Four of five board members said that educational benefit is of greatest importance, and Mrs. Brown said she would rank it equally with tradition/culture if she could.
Their responses also indicate that tradition “is incredibly important to some of you and not important at all to others,” Ms. Ryan said.
“That’s where your struggle as a board is–a philosophical split,” she added.
Cost is of significance to all board members, who ranked it as a second or third priority.
Ms. Ryan noted that board members do not feel rushed about making a decision. The amount of time to complete the project is last or nearly last for all five board members.
Mrs. Koch pointed out that disruption isn’t a major concern for her “because the buildings alone are a disruption.”
“The class is too hot or too cold, the fans are going, the window is open and traffic is driving by,” she explained. “In order to get better, it [disruption from construction] is going to have to happen.”
Background Data and Guiding Principles
Mr. Creps said he utilized data generated by the Garmann Miller study combined with past engineering and school analyses
He is assuming a PK to 12 enrollment of 2,100 students or about 150 students per grade level.
He also used Ohio School Facilities Commission guidelines for space per student at various grade levels, which are PK to 5, 125 square feet per student; grades 6 to 8, 150 square feet per student, and grades 9 to 12, 170 square feet per student.
Currently, he said, in the district there are 882 students who live in Rossford and 853 students who live in Perrysburg Township or Walbridge.
Mrs. Brown noted that some of those students may attend Penta and not Rossford High School.
Mr. Creps dispelled concerns that students were using the open enrollment option to leave the district after this summer’s unpopular proposal to move RHS to the Owens Community College campus.
Based on Ohio Department of Education figures, he said 35 students were attending other school districts via open enrollment before 2013.
After the bond levy failed in 2013, that total jumped to 60 students for the 2014-15 school year, and it currently is 59 students.
In creating the three options, Mr. Creps said he used the following guiding principles, which were created by residents involved in the 2012-13 visioning sessions.
1. Respect the heritage and traditions of the Rossford Schools and Community.
2. Create schools that include new welcome centers strategically placed to enhance safety.
3. Create consolidated, eco-friendly schools that enhance indoor and outdoor experiences and achieve operational efficiencies.
4. Infuse all schools with seamless access to technology to reinforce teaching and learning.
5. Organize schools to allow grade level groupings and foster interdisciplinary instruction.
6. Create flexible learning environments that contain mobile furniture, are adaptable, stimulating and full of “life and light.”
7. Develop collaboration spaces for students throughout schools to encourage structured and impromptu learning.
8. Develop professional space for faculty and staff to encourage teaming and collaboration.
His presentation to the board also included a list of needs for each school building as noted by school staff, which was compiled in 2012.
Estimated Costs
Costs are based on past studies and Ohio School Facilities Commission guidelines, Mr. Creps said.
He cautioned the board that the expenses “are ballpark figures.”
“It’s two years later,” he said. “Your architect will have to bring that number forward. I’m just providing these for context.”
Mrs. Brown pointed out that the cost for the one campus option at Glenwood could be much more expensive, as it would require widening of roads in that neighborhood.
The superintendent noted that all renovations will require phasing due to lack of available square footage for “swing space”– where school operations can continue while construction work takes place.
Mr. Creps said phasing affects construction in four ways; it extends the project duration, adds cost for escalation due to duration, adds costs for temporary partitions/enclosures and adds cost for shift work after normal hours.
“Placing new buildings on existing school sites (other than Glenwood) will require phasing of new building construction projects to allow room for taking an existing school off-line,” he added.
The superintendent explained that the capital costs are based on 2013 values and include building construction, site development and soft costs, but no new land costs are included.
Capital costs include:
•Hazardous material abatement of all buildings;
•Demolition of any building coming off line or having a new building constructed on the site;
•Upgrades to all renovations in compliance with energy, accessibility, circulation and technology requirements;
•Upgrades to all renovations to bring the teaching space in alignment with educational vision;
•Phasing/swing space costs where required due to construction;
•Escalation due to staggering of projects to minimize disruption and vacating of buildings;
• All options, except new PK to 12 campus at Glenwood site, include renovation of downtown football stadium.
•Technology and fixtures furniture and equipment.
Mr. Creps’ entire presentation can be viewed on the school district website at

Option 1–A new pre-kindergarten to grade 12 campus at the Glenwood site.
•About 300,000 square feet
•Acreage: 80 total
•Serving about 2,000 students
•Football stadium and fieldhouse moved to this site
•Cost: $72 million (based on 2013 data)

Option 2–A new grade 6 to 12 building downtown, and a new grade pre-K to 5 at Glenwood.
•About 170,000 square feet downtown
•Downtown acreage: about 17
•Serving about 1,000 students downtown
•Renovated football stadium downtown
•New varsity gym downtown
•About 130,000 square feet at Glenwood site
•Glenwood acreage: 80 total
•Serving about 1,000 students at Glenwood site
•Cost: $78.5 million (based on 2013 data)

Option 3–A renovated/ new grade 6 to 12 building downtown, and a new grade pre-K to 5 at Glenwood.
•About 206,000 square feet downtown
•About 17 acres
•Serving about 1,000 students downtown
•Renovated football stadium downtown
•About 130,000 square feet at Glenwood site
•Glenwood acreage: 80 total
•Serving about 1,000 students at Glenwood site
•Cost: $80.5 million (based on 2013 data)



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Rossford lies at the heart of the Crossroads of America, an area experiencing tremendous economic growth, located at the crossroads of Interstate 75 and the Ohio Turnpike. The city's population of approximately 6,000 is primarily a mix of descendants of Polish, Czechoslovakian, German and Ukrainian workers who came from Pennsylvania to work at the glass plant, now Pilkington.

Rossford was incorporated as a village in 1939 and as a city in 1971. The City is a municipal corporation which operates under its own charter and is governed by a mayor and seven-member City Council. Rossford is served by full-time police and part-time fire departments, dispatched from the neighboring Village of Walbridge.

The City maintains a Community Recreation Center and three parks, one of which,Veterans Memorial Park, features a seasonal marina along with picnic areas and diamonds and courts for baseball, tennis, basketball and volleyball.

Rossford has three elementary schools, Glenwood, Indian Hills and Eagle Point, a junior high and high school and All Saints parochial school for grades pre-kindergarten through eight.

The city boasts a public library and many service and community organizations such as the Rossford Business Association, Lions Club and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Its Rossford Community Service League sponsors annual activities such as a Valentine's Day Dance, Easter egg hunt, Halloween, Memorial Day parades and their Christmas tree lighting.

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