A facility master plan provides a long-range vision to ensure the physical condition of our schools provides a learning environment that aligns with the District’s mission. It incorporates many diverse considerations into a strategic, evidence-based tool allowing the Board of Education to make informed capital decisions well into the future. Some of the considerations included in the planning process are:
- Student Enrollment Projections*
- A Utilization Study
- Compliance and City Code Analysis
- Security and Technology Initiatives.
Best practice dictates that a facility master plan should be reviewed and updated with all stakeholders every three to five years. The District’s last facility master plan was conducted in 2014.
For the 2019 Facility Master Plan, the analysis of all needs are categorized into three areas:
• Life Safety and Security
• Learning and Curriculum
• Accessibility and Inclusiveness
The process includes a school steering committee made up of staff members, parents, community members and administrators. There is also a District steering committee made up of the Board president and District officials.
The school steering committees reviewed their school’s 2014 Facility Master Plan and discussed items that have been completed and items that need to be revisited and either removed, because the need is no longer there, revised or remain the same. The list of these items was combined into common themes under the three categories. During the community forums held earlier this month, attendees reviewed the themes and provided feedback or added additional themes.
Future meeting dates are listed below.
- December 6, 2018 at North Kirkwood Middle School
- December 13, 2018 at Nipher Middle School
- February 21, 2019 at Nipher Middle School
- February 27, 2019 at North Kirkwood Middle School
We encourage everyone with an interest to attend one of the sessions to ensure all voices are heard during this important process.
*Student Enrollment Projections: The District paid for a demographic study in the spring of 2018 to update resident student enrollment projections.
Based on the results of the study, the District anticipates approximately 100 additional resident students each year for the next five years. This year,
resident enrollment increased by 75 students. The increase was offset by the reduction of 47 students through the Voluntary Intradistrict Choice
Corporation (VICC) and transfer programs with the Riverview Gardens School District and the Normandy School Collaborative.