Groundbreaking Ceremony Kicks Off Construction Project at FHS/MMS

Above photo: Michael Matthews, Director of Operations, FPCS; Mayor Eileen Ann Patton, City of Fairview Park; Raymond Mohr, Principal, Mayer Middle School; Joslyn Dalton, Board Member; Joe Shucofsky, Board President; Kellie DuBay-Gillis, Board Member; Christopher Vicha, Principal, Fairview High School; Kimberly Sperling, Treasurer, FPCS; Dr. Bill Wagner, Superintendent, FPCS


On Wednesday, May 23, board of education members, district staff and administrators, city officials, students, community members, and project engineers and architects joined together to break ground on the site of the Lewis F. Mayer Middle School expansion/renovation and remodel of Fairview High School. The district passed a $35.2 million bond issue and permanent improvement levy in November 2016 to renovate the middle and high schools and make upgrades to Parkview Early Education Center and Gilles-Sweet Elementary.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Wagner, Board President Joe Shucofsky, and Fairview Park Mayor Eileen Ann Patton welcomed guests to the occasion which marks a significant partnership which began more than a decade ago.

Construction will begin on June 1 at the middle and high schools. The tentative construction timeline looks like this:

Superintendent Dr. Bill Wagner welcomed guests to the ceremony:

“This ceremony is a key milestone in the history of the Fairview Park City Schools.   We are tremendously thankful to the community of Fairview Park for their support of the combination bond issue and permanent improvement levy that passed overwhelmingly in November of 2016 and made this day a reality.  

By this time next March (only 10 short months away) the 11,000 sq. ft. middle school addition you see in the rendering here will be a reality.  Within the year to follow, an 8,400 sq. ft. addition to the high school will be completed and an additional 182,000 sq. ft. of combined renovations will occur, providing a 21st century complex for our 21st century students and learning.


We are thankful to our project partners, Architectural Vision Group, A.M. Higley, and the Ruhlin Company for the past 18 months of planning, and collaborative efforts moving forward to make that planning come to life.  I would like to thank our Facilities Advisory Committee members who have met over the past two years to guide the planning to date and the many Friends of the Fairview Park City Schools Committee members who led the community campaign that helped residents see the dream and understand the need for these improvements.

And certainly, I would like to thank our administrators, specifically, Mr. Michael Matthews, Director of Operations, Mr. Chris Vicha, Fairview High School Principal, and Mr. Ray Mohr, Mayer Middle School Principal, and all of our teachers and support staff who have spent countless hours laboring over the many details that will make this finished project truly amazing.

Our district vision statement challenges us to be a community united, empowering each other to learn differently, care deeply, and aspire to excellence…  

As we build that united community, we are so fortunate to have such a great working relationship with our local government officials to make this vision come true.  I would like to publicly thank Mayor Eileen Ann Patton for her support of this project and for the assistance of City Administration and the various city departments that continue to work with the District to assure this project goes safely and smoothly.

And most importantly, we owe a huge debt of thanks to our Board of Education, President Joe Shucofsky, Vice President Kellie DuBay Gillis, and members Joslyn Dalton, Mark St. John and Matt Hrubey.  These individuals had the vision, sought the community input, developed the plan, and took the actions necessary to make this project a reality.  Without their leadership and commitment to our kids, our community and our future, we would not be here today.

This is a great day in Fairview Park, as this ground breaking ceremony brings us one step closer to creating a state-of-the art facility that will serve our children for decades to come.  Thank you for being here to help us celebrate this important day and for your continued support for all we do.”

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