www.cusd200.org April 14, 2016
Board Receives Facility Master Plan Report
After several months of engaging District 200 staff and community members, architects Perkins + Will presented the Facility Master Plan Report to the Board of Education last night. The final report, including an executive summary, is available on our website.The Facility Master Plan (FMP) is a physical and educational assessment of our buildings. District 200 schools have physical assets like roofs, windows, plumbing, doors and fixtures that need to be repaired or replaced within the next few years. Many of the spaces in our schools don’t match the needs of future ready, 21st century learners. A FMP is a long-term view of our facility needs both now and in the future.
A FMP allows the Board to make well-thought-out and cost-effective decisions about facility changes and take many factors, such as safety, security and educational needs of all our students into account. To assemble the final report, the District engaged architects Perkins + Will to collaborate and engage our school staff and community to fully identify the educational and physical needs and priorities at all of our buildings. Board President Jim Vroman is pleased with the past seven months of collaborative efforts utilized for the plan's creation. "During the Engage 200 process, the community said to us, 'we want to make sure the Board is taking a big picture approach to address any facility issues.' We believe this report provides that big picture," says Vroman.The Board of Education has several important upcoming discussions planned. On April 27, the Board will discuss the future of Jefferson Early Childhood Center (see below). Then on April 30, the Board will participate in an all-day workshop to discuss the Facility Master Plan Report in detail, and begin the process of prioritizing critical physical and educational upgrades needed at our buildings. President Vroman looks forward to making progress in facilities planning. "We will work toward reaching a consensus on the priorities of the projects to be addressed, a timeline for implementation and the means to finance their implementation."
Board Plans Discussion on Future of JeffersonThe Facility Master Plan Report includes options to address Jefferson Early Childhood Center.Jefferson's facility report is available on our website.Built in 1958, Jefferson provides the highest quality preschool services in our area. Approximately 2/3 of the students have an identified special need or disability and 1/3 of students pay tuition to attend the school. Learn more about Jefferson by watching this video or reading through the fact sheet.At the April 27 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the Board is expected to discuss and weigh the pros and cons of the options for Jefferson. As always, members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend all Board Meetings.
Board Approves Construction Manager for Cost EstimatingThe Board approved Nicholas & Associates to provide cost estimating services for items contained in the Facility Master Plan Report.Before the Board can make decisions to complete any work contained in the facility plan, it is essential to have detailed, accurate and current cost estimates.Nicholas & Associates has experience in the education sector assisting in this type of endeavor, and has seen projects through the final construction process. Nicholas & Associates will provide cost estimating services at no charge to the District.
Board Approves Technology Upgrades & Purchases
The Board approved the purchase of several critical items to support our technology infrastructure and include an increase in internet connectivity, additional network firewalls, wireless access points at our middle schools and 4,700 new Chromebooks.At their February 24 Committee Meeting, Board Members heard an update about the Future of Instruction and Technology in our District as well as an update to the Master Technology Plan. The technology purchases are items that support student learning and technology initiatives presented on February 24.The increase in internet connectivity and wireless access points are a response to the digital demand of students and teachers. The 4,700 Chromebooks support the District's Universal Access to Technology Plan.All students must have access to the District 200 learning environment anytime, anywhere. Through the purchase of 4,700 additional Chromebooks, middle and high schools will be able to check out devices for students' outside of the school day.
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