Reimagine, Re-envision, and Reinvest-test

...Where We Are Now

Our journey to Reimagine, Re-envision, and Reinvest in our students and school facilities is underway. This effort is driven by a number of important factors and we believe that we have a responsibility to our students, staff members, and community to investigate all options as we consider the factors impacting this conversation. These include:

  • ever-increasing pressure on funding streams to support facility needs and improvements,
  • potential replacement of schools,
  • the possibility of needing new school facilities,
  • necessary changes within the learning environment, and 
  • the location of District families within the community.

  1. We have an aging inventory which requires us to strategically and boldly re-imagine how to re-invest in our infrastructure. In the process of considering a new fiscal approach to addressing facility and operating costs, we also aim to provide opportunity to achieve optimal class sizes. While it may seem counterintuitive, as schools increase in size, it’s more likely that class sizes decrease.
  2. Our primary concern is to ensure our facilities amplify the experiences of our students and staff. Throughout the year-long process, the Facilities Master Plan Committee has taken into consideration the status of all schools—including middle and high schools—and determined that the most impactful district-wide approach centered around a new vision of how to more effectively utilize our elementary school facilities.
  3. The Committee’s current plan-in-progress amounts to an $2.9 million annual “savings.” This “savings” would, in fact, be utilized as a re-investment in our schools and resources.
  4. It would be preferred that any new facilities would be built on existing sites.
  5. We appreciate unique architectural elements of existing structures and would be open to incorporating those elements into new infrastructure.
  6. A great deal of consideration over the course of a year has led to general agreement within the Committee that 13 elementary schools designed to serve approximately 600 students would provide for optimal class sizes, allow students with special needs or ELL students a more likely chance to attend their neighborhood school, support the needs of staff, and create community hubs which don’t currently exist and which could serve as neighborhood anchors with recreational space available to the public after school hours. These figures, however, or not firm or unmalleable.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Facilities Master Plan

Timeline of the Committee's work with links to the meeting documents

The FMP Committee

Tours of New Facilities in Kansas City Area, where they took existing structures and created new schools

Personal Perspectives from some of the committee members

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