The Maintenance and Grounds Department is responsible for maintaining all Amherst school buildings and public spaces. We provide maintenance and repairs to the district's schools, offices, and other facilities. Our goal is to provide a healthy and safe learning environment for all students, staff, and visitors. If you see anything that needs improved or if you have any questions about the facilities or usage, please contact us at 440-988-1923 for more information.
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Community Use of Facilities
Below is an online Building Use Permit to request the use of one of our facilities. Non-school groups must also submit a Proof of Liability Insurance certificate. Please contact the Treasurer's Office for more information about the Proof of Liability Insurance certificate.
News & Announcements
- New Powers school to be paid off three years early, Amherst News-Times, June 6
- Moody's Assigns Aa2 to Amherst EVSD, OH's GO Bonds, Moody’s, May 5
- Amherst Schools hires buildings supervisor, Morning Journal, May 15
- Have Powers construction questions? We have answers, Amherst News-Times, April 27
- Moody’s looks favorably on Amherst Schools’ rating, Amherst News-Times, April 25
- State of the Schools: Amherst Super asks for patience amid big changes, Amherst News-Times, April 5
- Amherst Schools delays HVAC renovation at Steele High, Morning Journal, March 2
- Architect hired for Amherst Elementary School, Morning Journal, February 27
Master Facilities Plan
In 2015, Amherst Schools hired an independent firm to conduct a community research process that would gather community perceptions about our aging facilities, which drain limited dollars and hinder education. In fact, the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) found that it would cost nearly the same to replace Powers, Harris, and Shupe with one building as it would to repair them and consolidating buildings would save hundreds of thousands in operating costs. As a result, the state offered to pay 45% of the project cost if the district could pass local funding. Our Facilities Advisory Committee assembled to review this data and recommend a Master Facilities Plan to the Board.
After a community survey testing the committee’s recommendation, and after refinancing old debt service from Amherst Junior High for a lower interest rate, the Board decided to pursue a no new tax bond issue to build one new elementary to consolidate and replace our three aging elementary buildings and to renovate building systems at Nord and Steele, especially HVAC. Using conservative estimates, the district’s financial team determined this bond would effectively extend the tax rate residents had been paying from the construction of Amherst Junior High through 2041, and it would not raise taxes as long as property values remain at or above their current levels.
We are grateful that our community passed Issue 21 in November 2016 with 65% support!
With strong results from our bond sales in May, the district will also be able to save taxpayer dollars by shortening the number of years they will pay on these bonds. With these final numbers, the entire debt service will be retired in 2038, 3 years earlier than projected.
With 72% community support for our May operating renewal and newly secured financial stability through at least 2021, we can also ensure our buildings are filled with high-quality staff, resources and programs to support our students—and keep taxes among the lowest in Lorain County!
Renovation and preparation for construction are already underway! The HVAC at Nord will be renovated this summer, and we are working with our architect and construction manager to abate and demolish Harris and Shupe this summer. We plan to update Steele HVAC in the summer of 2018.Check out the ASEF “First Bite” fundraiser later this summer for a chance to operate the machine that takes the “first bite” out of one of these buildings and kicks off the demolition process!
Is your student entering 3rd through 8th grade next year? Watch the corresponding Nord or AJH Building Transition Meeting to understand how the new construction will affect your child’s day to day:
- Watch the Nord Parent Building Transition Meeting on April 25, 2017
- Questions? Contact Nord Principal Jill Jiovanazzo at (440) 988-4441 or email@example.com.
- Watch the AJH Parent Building Transition Meeting on May 3, 2017
- Questions? Contact AJH Principal Andrew Gibson at (440) 988-0324 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking for a quick overview of our facilities progress? Watch the first 15 minutes of Superintendent Sayers’ 2017 State of the Schools presentation on April 4, 2017.
Chuck Grimmett is the Building and Grounds Supervisor. Before joining the Amherst Schools administration team, Chuck was the Building Maintenance Superintendent at the Grafton Correctional Complex. Chuck also taught the Building Trades course at the Lorain County Joint Vocational School and ran his family’s appliance repair business.
Chuck is an Amherst native and a member of the Steele Class of ’78. Chuck and his wife Linda love to camp and travel in their spare time.