In 2011, the district completed a comprehensive district-wide facility study. The study identified facility needs across our district. From 2011 to 2015, the district completed $10 million in facility and technology work, addressing the major needs identified in the district-facility study and leaving only large-scale mechanical and remodeling needs at the high school.
With the aforementioned work completed, the district turned its attention to the educational-facility needs of the high-school campus and safety-and-securing needs across the school district. During the 2014-2015 school year, the district completed a comprehensive educational-needs assessment of the high-school campus and a district-wide safety-and-security assessment of all district buildings. Both assessments were completed and significant needs were identified.
The high-school campus has significant mechanical, safety, security, and heating-and-cooling needs. The 1958 campus was not designed for the modern teaching-and-learning demands of today’s students and teachers and does not reflect 2015 safety-and-security requirements for schools. The other eight schools in our district do not reflect post Columbine and Sandy Hook safety-and-security structural requirements either. Specifically, the entrances to all nine buildings need to be remodeled to meet 2015 safety requirements.
The facility needs we are focusing on are not routine-maintenance needs. Meeting the maintenance needs of our buildings has been and will continue to be a budget priority for the school district. Our buildings-and-grounds team has done an exceptional job maintaining building infrastructures and mechanical systems that are well past their life expectancy.
So where is the school district headed regarding our current facility-and-safety needs? We will spend the next eight months sharing specific information about our needs with staff and community members and listening to feedback regarding what actions we should or should not take. We will distribute a community survey in late April asking specific questions regarding our facility-and-safety needs. The school board will make a decision in August 2016 regarding what path we will take to address the needs we have. The feedback the school board receives from our staff and community will drive the school board’s decision.