Construction FAQs

If they are starting to do the groundbreaking for the new high school in the fall, where should the middle school students go to school during the process of construction?

Middle school students will continue to attend the current middle school during construction of the new high school. (The new high school will be constructed right behind the current middle school.) When the new high school is done, middle school students will move temporarily into the former high school. The middle school will be torn down. At some point in the near future, a middle school wing will be added to the new high school and then the former high school will be torn down.

Where would the baseball team practice their baseball if their field is being torn down and being moved near Friendsville and Buffham roads?

Cloverleaf has worked out an agreement with Westfield Center to use the village's baseball field during the construction process. We are grateful for the village's partnership and support of Cloverleaf students.

How will middle school students and high school students be separated in the new building?

The middle school academic classrooms, offices, etc., will be located in an entirely separate wing of the building. A design concept presented at the June 23, 2021, community meeting showed the middle school art room located adjacent to the high school art rooms. In such cases, access for middle school students will be managed through traffic flow and class schedules. While the general populations of CHS and CMS students will not interact on a daily basis, having both schools in the same building opens up significant resources for middle school students and provides new opportunities for collaboration under the supervision of Cloverleaf staff.

Does the local fire department have the equipment to access a three-story building?

The Westfield Fire and Rescue chief has confirmed the fire department will have access to the equipment needed in the unlikely event of a third-story fire. In addition, the building will be fully fire-suppressed, divided by firewalls, and will be accessible from all sides. The architect will meet with local safety forces as the building design is developed.

Will high school students be able to move between the multiple student dining areas?

Yes. High school students have expressed the desire to have more food choices and the freedom to sit where they want and with whom they want. Middle school students will eat in a traditional cafeteria setting.

How will the proposed courtyard of the new high school be maintained?

An easily accessible path or a small storage room for maintenance equipment will be provided in the courtyard.

The new concession stand and restroom complex at the stadium appear to sit below grade. How will that work with water drainage?

With construction still underway at this time in Summer 2021, the final grading has not yet been completed. The sidewalk and drive area will slope to drains.

Where will the marching band practice?

There will be a 60-yard football field striped for the marching band on the bus parking lot.  

How does the seating capacity of the current high school gym compare to that of the new high school gym?

The current seating capacity is 1,400. The proposed seating capacity is 1,200. The open end of the main gymnasium can be set up with movable bleachers or seating to add capacity. Additional bleachers for approximately 200 will be located in the auxiliary gymnasium.

Will high school students only be able to collaborate with a teacher during lunch if that teacher happens to have a plan period during that student’s lunch?

In the model currently being explored, students and staff could receive a one-hour lunch schedule at the same time. Teachers would be available to students for at least 30 minutes of that hour, regardless of when their plan period occurs.

If the high school does not have lockers, will students be able to wear their coats and carry their backpacks in the building during the school day?

Yes. Having experienced life without lockers under 2020-21 COVID-19 safety protocols, a focus group of CHS students indicated by a wide margin they actually prefer that arrangement. It makes class changes faster and hallways less congested. That said, lockers will be available to students who want them. From the standpoint of the new high school design, removing lockers frees up significant square footage for other uses.

What security measures will be in place for classrooms? I.e. for lockdowns?

Improved security measures such as cameras, corridor doors that can be shut remotely in a lockdown, etc., will be integrated into the new building.

Will there be exit doors directly from the ground-floor classrooms?

Exit doors from these classrooms may be beneficial in some instances, but that has to be weighed against potential breaches in security if doors are propped open.

Will there be windows in most of the classrooms?

Yes, generally in all classrooms.

Are there separate locker rooms for high school boys and girls and middle school boys and girls? Are they equipped with restrooms/showers?

Yes, the plan is for separate locker rooms for these groups. They are typically provided with restroom facilities as well as showers.

Will there be more e-learning plans so that teachers could teach online or broadcast games / concerts, etc.?

At Cloverleaf, we believe face-to-face instruction and peer interaction are what’s best for most students. However, one of the positives to come out of our COVID-19 experience is that it has revealed ways online instruction can complement the classroom experience. The new high school will be equipped with technology to facilitate various methods of instructional delivery and potential streaming of public events.

When will the high school be completed?

Completion will be in the summer of 2023 for the 2023-24 school year.  

Will the building include green infrastructure, such as permeable paving, rain gardens, wildflower areas, etc.?

The building will be designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification. This certification requires management of stormwater in both volume and quality. It is recommended that areas of low-maintenance vegetation be included in the design. Permeable paving, which theoretically is possible to incorporate, in practice does not hold up well to Northeast Ohio winter weather conditions that require snow plowing and salting.

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