Facilities & Building Use
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.
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.
Interested in using a space at Steele High School after hours? Please check the following calendars for possible conflicts before you complete the online Building Use Permit above! Note: Not all high school athletic practices and events are listed on the calendars below.
Amherst Schools Facilities Project - 2023
On July 17, 2023, the Amherst Exempted Village School District’s Board of Education voted to place a 2.5-mill replacement of the district’s existing Continuous Permanent Improvement (PI) levy on the November 7th General Election ballot. If approved, the levy will fund the plan to address Amherst Schools’ most pressing facilities needs: Replacing our aging transportation garage and fixing our outdoor athletic facilities.
Safety and reliability are necessary in all Amherst Schools facilities. The conditions of our current transportation and outdoor facilities negatively impact our budget, pose potential safety hazards, and exacerbate workforce shortages.
The Board’s decision follows a unanimous recommendation by the Amherst Schools Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) to replace the district’s 60-year-old bus garage and make our outdoor, co-curricular facilities safer, ADA compliant, and more reliable. The FAC, a volunteer group of Amherst educators, parents, business owners, and community leaders, met four times between March and July 2023 to review community research and data about district buildings, community demographics, financial information, and more.
The levy on the November 7th ballot represents the latest phase in a collaborative facilities process that makes wise use of available resources, sets Amherst up to receive significant state support for future academic building projects, and aims to make the district’s facilities safe and fully functional for students, employees, and community members. The process began with the construction of Amherst Junior High and continued with the construction of Powers Elementary.
Addressing the transportation garage and outdoor facilities next is sensible, necessary, and helps the district protect the community’s investment in our facilities.
Facility Advisory Committee
Over the next few years, the community of Amherst has the potential for growth, which may impact enrollment at the Amherst Exempted Village School District. Knowing this, the District has embarked on a process to ensure our facilities are prepared for the future.
The first phase of the process involved a community online survey, staff listening sessions, and in-depth interviews with an assortment of community leaders. The second phase of the process involved establishing a Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC) to review the aforementioned research, provide feedback, and help ensure that we are heading in the right direction.
The Facility Advisory Committee is composed of elected officials, school district leadership, parents, business leaders, neighborhood/civic leaders and other key community members who care about our facilities and the future of our schools.
- What is a Permanent Improvement Levy?
- What is the history of this Permanent Improvement Levy?
- Why does the transportation garage need to be replaced now?
- Where and when will the new Transportation Center be constructed?
- What are the issues with the outdoor facilities?
- What has been the planning process for this levy?
- Who are the Facility Advisory Committee (FAC) members?
- How does this plan build on past facility projects?
- How will the district finance the new transportation garage and athletic facility repairs?
- What will it cost property owners?
- What is the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), and what does it have to do with Amherst Schools facilities?
- Why isn’t the district getting support from the OFCC for the transportation garage and outdoor facility repairs?
- What am I currently paying in taxes compared to other school districts?
- When is the election, and how do I vote?
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.