Long Range Facility Planning 2019

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In an effort to ensure all of our students have learning environments that reflect current and future needs the district has invited the community to help develop a long-term facilities plan.

UPDATE (July 2019):  The Community Design Team will begin work in September! Applications were accepted earlier this spring and the base of the committee was approved by the board in April. We've identified additional members for this group, based on the recommendation of facilitators from the Cuningham Group, to ensure we have more diversity, as well as more representatives from local government, businesses, students and district staff. 

The design team will be made up of approximately 100 community members, city and township officials, students, parents and district staff who will consider the district's facilities needs and make recommendations to the school board on ways to enhance our facilities to better support our students.

The design team is expected to begin its work in mid-September, and will likely meet several times in the coming months to consider things like:

  • Condition of existing buildings, and future mechanical/operational and safety/security needs.
  • Student programming needs and class size information, and the impact any changes in programming/class size would have on building use and capacity.
  • Our strategic plan (Portrait of a Graduate and World’s Best Workforce), as well as user experience feedback, to ensure available learning spaces match programming needs.
  • Long-term student enrollment projections and trends, and demographic data.
  • Individual building capacity and overall district capacity numbers.

Ultimately, the design team will work to develop a recommendation to present to the school board on how best to:

  • Utilize existing space within the school district, as well as address future growth as a result of demographic and housing patterns;
  • Enhance existing facilities over the next five years based on improving learning opportunities for all students;
  • Identify deferred maintenance projects to ensure the safe and effective operation of existing district facilities for the next ten years.

 Watch for additional information and updates to be shared here throughout the process.