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  • 124 Bloomfield St
    Camden, Ohio 45311
  • P 937.452.1283
    F: 937. 452.3926
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Preble Shawnee

School District Facilities Update #1
School District Facilities: A Continuing Discussion

By Dr. Matt Bishop, Superintendent

For several Board of Education meetings since the November Bond Levy defeat, there have been discussions on how to move forward. We have arrived at a point where it is difficult to understand our voters’ desires regarding our facility needs. The need to engage and survey our community in a meaningful way with no preconceived plans/ideas for a solution was agreed. 

In February, Preble Shawnee Schools publicized a Request for Qualifications from firms who would be interested in leading a community engagement process. We wanted a firm to facilitate a process resulting in a strategy to engage and survey stakeholders, advise if/how we could utilize the Ohio Facility Construction Commission process, and deliver a recommendation that our community would very likely support. Four firms are selected to present at the Board Work Session on Thursday, February 22nd including MSA Architects, SHP Leading Design, Fanning Howey Architects, and VSWC Architects. We communicated to each selected firm that their presentation should focus extensively on how they would facilitate the engagement of the community by identifying our values, vision, and options related to either renovating or constructing new facilities. Additionally, we want their focus should be on how to possibly partner with the OFCC to assist with the cost. Further, we want information regarding how to best survey the community to gauge support. Finally, there should be an approximate cost for the proposed engagement services. 

Ultimately, we desire the process to conclude with a recommendation to the Board of Education on how to meet our current and future facility needs. Each presentation will last fifty minutes and be divided into two parts: the presentation and time for questions and answers. Our goal is to select one firm and negotiate an engagement plan and process. 

We will continue to be transparent with this process and hope to reach out to stakeholders soon on how they can be part of this engagement process. Please visit our school district website for the latest information regarding the community engagement process at

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