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INSIDE OUR FACILITIES: IHMS

Kirk Koennecke and Jen Ulland

In an effort to inform our stakeholders about the issues we face as a District specific to our facilities, the Indian Hill School District welcomes you to INSIDE OUR FACILITIES. In this video series, Superintendent Kirk Koennecke visits with building leaders and experts to share factual information about how the May 4, 2021 bond portion of the combined levy would be invested.

In this episode, we visit with Indian Hill Middle School Principal Jennifer Ulland.

IHMS Snapshot:
The bond would be used to replace Indian Hill Middle School. Issues with the current building include:
• Inadequate space to build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) labs
• Current classroom configuration does not allow for student collaboration/teaming
• There is a lack of central locations for Multipurpose Room, Maker Space, and Media Center
• Current Music Rooms were repurposed/renovated from the original library and have inadequate sound setting and acoustics for musical instruction
• Constant leaking roof impacts classroom setups
• Inability to provide appropriate temperature control in classrooms
• There is a lack of necessary electrical capacity to support our 1-1 technology
• Many classrooms are without windows and natural light
• Science Labs are not accessible and working properly (sinks, plugs)
• Art rooms are repurposed space from the original building's cafeteria, and don’t allow for adequate light control
• The very footprint of the building poses security concerns at the doors – it is very difficult to navigate and there are multiple entrances and exits
• Students at recess are currently using the front parking lot for recess activities
• The back half of building is closed to students and proposes a safety concern
• The flat roof that is the equivalent of three football fields is in a constant state of leaking, and forces administrators to use valuable time to move classrooms around while repairs are in progress
• Administrators are in a constant state of trying to manage a rodent situation within the building, and we are in a constant state of needing plumbing work within bathrooms