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Long-Range Facility Plan Leadership Team Recommendation
South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) presented a final draft of the new Long-Range Facility Plan to the School Board during the June 1 School Board Workshop Meeting. Families, staff and community can provide feedback on the final plan from June 2-9.
Watch the June 1 School Board Workshop meeting
Provide feedback on the final draft of the plan
Taking staff and community feedback and input into consideration, the leadership team recommends presenting the new five-year facility plan to the community with two questions on the November ballot:
Question 1: Addressing secure entrances at schools that need them; along with middle and high school additions and renovations
Question 2: Construction of elementary school additions at schools projected to exceed capacity and renovations for bathrooms at five elementary schools built in the 1960s.
A recommendation for approval of the final plan, with review and comment, will be brought before the School Board during the School Board Business meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Pending School Board approval, referendum election will be held on Election Day in November.
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Community Meeting Feedback
SoWashCo Schools third community meeting will be held from 6:30-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 23 at East Ridge High School (ERHS).
District leadership shared information about the recent community survey, new demographic study and the input gathered from staff, families and community members. The focus has been on what individuals would prioritize to be in the new 5-year facility plan.
During the school board business meeting on Thursday, April 20, South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo Schools) presented an update about its long-range facility planning process.
South Washington County Schools gathered feedback through eight community listening sessions and multiple staff and school sessions following the unsuccessful bond election in August 2022.
These sessions were opportunities to listen and document feedback. The information gathered will help guide the development of a community phone survey, which in-turn, will guide the next facility planning process.
External facilitators guided the discussions around four main questions:
- What did you like most about the original long-range facility plan?
- What were your greatest concerns about the original long-range facility plan?
- What suggestions do you have to address student growth and facility needs?
- What do you believe are the most important issues facing SoWashCo Schools?