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2012–2013 Facilities Advisory Committee

At the February 25, 2013 school board meeting, the 2012–2013 citizen-led Facilities Advisory Committee presented recommendations to guide the district as it considered a bond measure proposal. 
 
The committee met 8 times between November 2012 and February 2013 and was comprised of 26 community and staff representatives. The committee was asked to focus on the following:
  • the current capital needs of each of the district's facilities;
  • the continued shifting enrollment to east Springfield;
  • the impact full-day kindergarten will have on classroom space in elementary schools; and
  • providing prioritized capital project recommendations for a future bond measure.
Committee members were also asked to ensure that any recommendations they made would help create an equitable experience for all students and all schools.
 
The five recommendations submitted by the Facilities Advisory Committee in 2013 were (read a summary of the recommendations here):
  • Replace Hamlin Middle School. The committee recommended the facility be replaced due to extensive and growing maintenance issues. Hamlin has been recommended for replacement by the 2006, 2010, and 2012 committees. 
  • Update Instructional Technology and Technology Infrastructure. The committee recommended that the district invest in both instructional technology and the necessary infrastructure to utilize it so that students at all schools are provided with authentic 21st–century learning opportunities.
  • Provide Adequate and Appropriate Elementary Space to Accommodate Full-Day Kindergarten. The committee recommended constructing additional classrooms at 6 elementary schools in order to provide the classroom space needed to house full-day kindergarten. The elementary schools identified by the committee for additions are Maple, Mt. Vernon, Ridgeview, Riverbend, Thurston, and Yolanda. For more information on the impact of full-day kindergarten, please see the Key Factors document in the final report.
  • Improve School Facilities. The committee recommended that the district invest future bond funding in improving existing school facilities, including projects that address the following (in priority order): replacing portable classrooms with permanent structures; extending building life with critical repairs; school security upgrades; transportation infrastructure improvements; and updating athletic facilities.
  • Capital Improvement Funds. The committee also recommended that the district maintain a "capital for capital" strategy, which means that funds raised through the sale of land or other property should be dedicated to capital improvements.   
To find out more about the committee, its process, and to read the entire report, which includes the appendices mentioned in the recommendations, please click on the links below:
 
 
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