MOUNT VERNON — The Mount Vernon City School District is looking to have a broader conversation with the community about the state of their school buildings and facilities district wide, as their new online Thought Exchange forum went live Monday.
The new Thought Exchange poses this question: “What are some things you appreciate about our current facilities and what opportunities do you see as we develop future plans to improve our school buildings?”
Community members are encouraged to offer as many responses and thoughts to this question as they would like.
After giving feedback, community members can see the feedback from others and rate them, which is called the “star” phase. The more stars members assign to thoughts indicates how strongly they agree with that thought. The district recommends users rate a minimum of 30 thoughts, which is all kept anonymous.
Users are also encouraged to access the exchange many times and continue to add, rate and review thoughts while this exchange is open until Nov. 12.
Thought Exchange can be accessed through the district’s home page on their website. Superintendent Bill Seder also included a video message introducing the Thought Exchange, as well as a copy of the district’s facilities grade card report.
The facilities grade card assigned a grade of either satisfactory, S, or in need of repairs, renovations or replacement, R, with 14 different facility components at each building in the district. The 14 components included school safety, handicap accessibility, classroom space, cafeteria/kitchen, playground – green space, gymnasium, roof, parking, pick-up and drop-off, art and music space, storage areas, office areas, technology and HVAC.
The grades have been assigned through the district architect Fanning Howey Associates; Rick Shaffer, the director of maintenance; the building custodians; the building principals and the Ohio Construction Commission reports, according to a release from the district.
The Thought Exchange allows community members to give feedback to the district, according to Superintendent Bill Seder, which could potentially be used to create some permanent improvements to the district.
“A community takes pride in all things and education represents the entire community to outsiders,” Seder said. “The Thought Exchange allows us to gather thoughts from all of the community and then we can take that information and, if needed, go to the community with some millage or permanent improvement levies in the future, and then we can carry on those kinds of conversations and continue to improve. It’s always valuable to have that information.”
To access the Thought Exchange, visit https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#530976402 through the district website www.mvcsd.us. The exchange will be open for feedback through Nov. 12.