Tremont Elementary School Project
Student enrollment at Tremont Elementary School has been growing for more than five years, and the school itself has begun to grow to meet the needs of all of its students.
Construction crews began work mid-October on the first phase of an addition to the building, which includesacademic classroom spaces and a new media center. A groundbreaking ceremony, attended by students, staff members and administrators, took place on Oct. 15 to mark the beginning of the project. Students and teachers moved into the new space at the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
“Our teachers, students and families are so excited about the new spaces,” Principal Jim Buffer said. “These innovative new classrooms offer our teachers more options for their instruction and simply give our students more room to work and learn together.”
Work began in July 2016 on the second phase of the project. This phase involves the addition of a new, larger gymnasium and an orchestra classroom. This phase of the project opened to students in late March of 2017.
The final phase of the project involves extensive interior renovations including renovating the old gymnasium space into a much-needed larger cafeteria; the old cafeteria into new office space with a secure main entry; the old auditorium into two music rooms; and the old office into staff workspace.
The project will be completed by the start of the 2017-2018 school year.
Tremont served approximately 600 students during the 2014-2015 academic year, an increase of 62 students since 2009-2010. Projections indicate that enrollment will continue to grow for at least ten years, reaching 654 students by 2024-25.
“It’s really an exciting time for Tremont,” Buffer said. “By the time work is completed for the fall of 2017, we’re going to be able to better serve our growing student population in every aspect of the school day.”
The addition will be funded by the permanent improvement levy put in place by the community and the Board of Education in 2007. In recent years these funds have been used to address similar needs at Barrington and Greensview elementary schools.
For more information on the Tremont Elementary School project, please contact Chris Potts, chief operating officer, at (614) 487-5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TREMONT ENROLLMENT GROWTH
2010 - 530 Students
2015 - 600 students
2024 - 654 students (projected)
News Articles and Columns
Tremont Elementary School Addition Update (August 2015)
Facilities Master Planning Process - by Superintendent, Paul Imhoff
CMR Services - Upper Arlington City Schools seeks qualifications from companies experienced with the construction manager at risk (CMR) delivery method for phased improvements to Tremont Elementary School.
CMR-RFQ Addendum (July 1, 2015)
Submitted Questions and Answers
Question (submitted November 23, 2015): As a part of phase II for the Tremont School construction, I have a question about the gymnasium. With all the debate about Northam Park and other renovations/changes really hoping this gymnasium is a multicourt, wood floored, real basketball friendly facility. Can you please provide any information on the latest plans for the new gymnasium, and whether those plans are final? Thank you.
Answer: The gym will be built to meet the needs of Tremont Elementary School students. It will have one full court that is high school regulation size and can be divided into two courts. The gym floor will be wood. Architects are currently working on the plans for the space, and we will share those as soon as they are ready.
Question (submitted August 12, 2015): I don't see anything mentioned here about an attached senior "Centennial" center. Can you please update us?
Answer: At this point there are no official plans for an attached senior center. The Upper Arlington Community Foundation is currently conducting a feasibility study regarding options to create an updated space for the senior center and additional community gym space. One of the options being studied is having one or both of those spaces attached to the phase two addition at Tremont Elementary School.
As of this time, the schools have not received a formal proposal to attach either type of space to the phase two addition of Tremont. If such a proposal is made, the Upper Arlington Board of Education will formally consider that option. If the proposal would be approved, the school staff would work with families and staff members to ensure all safety, security and parking considerations are addressed.