On behalf of the board and the Superintendent, I would like to update the public on where we are in terms of the school utilization study.
As a reminder, the purpose of this study was to address: declining enrollment, the condition of our facilities and to ensure that our facilities support the instructional vision of our district.
At the last board retreat on October 4th, the board decided, in conjunction with the Superintendent and with input from the BOS, BOF and the public, that we will be seeking an in depth study of a two elementary school district. This decision was based on three criteria's: parity amongst the elementary schools, project cost and school location. Within this model we will be also looking at Polson renovations and reviewing the optimal location for our pre-k program.
The next phase that we will be entering into will include, but not limited to: a geotechnical study, an environmental review, a wetland review, civil/drainage/utilities analysis, a traffic review, hazardous materials testing review and an updated enrollment study. We will also be looking at a site plan test fit and we will get a better understanding of the required scope of the interior work needed to complete the project.
We looking forward to beginning the next phase of this process in November.
Board of Education Chair
April 2017 Update
The Board of Education meeting on April 4, 2017 included a presentation regarding the remaining options prior to the Board of Education committing to a 10 Year Master Plan.
Elementary school options were the focus of the evening's presentation. Considerations for each option include:
- Programmatic Needs
- Financing & Bonding
Daniel Hand High School junior, Aidan Hughes, as part of the high school’s video production program, sat down to interview Superintendent of Schools, Thomas Scarice regarding the efforts to develop a long-term facilities plan.
- I've attended previous Board of Education meetings about our school system. Why do I need to attend this meeting?
- I see there are three different community workshops being scheduled over the next few months. Should I attend all three workshops?
- What specific topics will be discussed in the Breakout Sessions of the first community workshop?
- I have ideas about what is important for our elementary schools. How can I share those ideas with DRA and the Board of Education?
- What will be done with the results of this workshop?
- What if I have additonal questions?
Yes, the focus of each workshop is different. The purpose of the February 2nd workshop will be to listen to citizens and obtain community input.
In March, the focus will be on taking information from the previous workshop and developing possible alternatives for consideration.
Finally, the workshop in May will focus on the specific recommendations that may be proposed to the Board of Education. Workshops will build on each other.
Concurrent breakout sessions will collect community input on the topics of:
- "Containers" - the physical facilities/sites
- "Contents" - contemporary early childhood education programming
- "Currents" - Madison's trends, including demographics and enrollments
- "Children/Students" - focusing on the issues and needs of students