Long Range Facility Planning

The District 833 School Board has approved of the creation of  a Long Range Facility Planning Process. Through the process a steering committee and long range facility task force will evaluate enrollment projections, building capacity calculations and community growth plans. At the end of the process, a plan will be submitted to the School Board for final consideration. 

Below you will find more information about the purpose, guiding principals and approach for this process. The website will also be updated with information learned by the steering committee and task force, as it is available. 

Questions about the Long Range Facility Planning Process can be submitted to We're Listening

Purpose:

To develop a long range facility plan to achieve the best possible learning environment for current and future students by:

  • Ensuring that we have adequate classroom space at all grade levels and appropriate space for early learning, preschool programs and adult education; 
  • Designing equitable learning spaces that will provide consistent programming based on the district program of study and/or course offerings at the elementary, middle or high school level; and, 
  • Determining, what, if any, facility modifications are recommended to our existing school buildings to address changes in curriculum or advancements in instructional delivery methods.

This process will also include an evaluation and determination of the met and unmet needs included in the 2014-2023 Long Range Plan.

Guiding Principles:

  • Include internal and external stakeholders in the development and evaluation of alternative plans and regularly communicate progress in the development to the community at large.
  • Protect the taxpayer’s investment by using a return on investment or cost/benefit analysis to weigh the merits of improvements and renovations to the district’s existing facilities to the long term cost of new construction.
  • Provide equity when accessing academic programming and technology across schools and grade levels within the context of the district’s financial limitations.
  • Utilize current and historical data regarding building capacities, enrollment projections, community demographics and growth projections to support plan proposals and recommendations.
  • Acknowledge that educational facilities are centers of the community and encourage the integration of a mix of community uses and programs into facility designs in collaboration with other public entities.

Approach:

Through the creation of an administrative Steering Committee and a Long Range Facility Task Force comprised of internal and external stakeholders, the process will consist of a plan development phase, a feedback phase and a decision making phase. The plan development phase will include information gathering, needs assessment, stakeholder interviews and development of multiple alternatives to address identified needs.

Incorporated into the process is a continuous feedback loop as the planning progresses from information gathering to plan development and School Board decision making. The Steering Committee will receive feedback from the facilities task force, the school board and the community at large at various stages of the planning process. Additional feedback may be collected through focus groups, as well as staff and community surveys conducted by the Communications Department.

The process will culminate with a decision making stage in which the Steering Committee, in consultation with the facilities task force, makes a recommendation of a Long Range Facility Plan to the Superintendent, and through him, to the School Board. The School Board will discuss the plan and allow for community input prior to a final decision being made.