Without question, our schools are among our most valuable community assets. Our Board of Education understands and embraces its responsibility to ensure that our schools continue to be a positive asset in the future.
After meaningful input and reflection, District 30 updated its Strategic Plan last year, which fueled the creation of two important Board Goals:
Goal 1: Increase child-centered instruction within rigorous and coherent educational programs.
Goal 2: Ensure District 30 facilities possess the capacity to support our evolving and emerging programs and contribute to optimal educational experiences.
The first goal works to build upon our educational vision, while our second goal strives to create and realize the facility vision that aligns with our educational vision.
District 30’s Board of Education has entered into an inclusive process that is respectful of our stakeholders and community by directly involving them in the process of updating our district’s facility vision. The first semester of the 2016-2017 school year will be devoted to this important work, which will include the creation and adoption of a new Master Facility Plan. It will culminate with a Citizens’ Task Force recommendation to the Board of Education on a plan that will accomplish our Master Facility Plan.
Since 2013, District 30 has spent roughly $4.1 million to respond to maintenance needs at our existing facilities. Our work began with a focus on our two elementary schools, Wescott and Willowbrook. Wescott’s roof has been completely replaced, new secure entrances and office configurations along with new flooring have been completed at both elementary buildings. Both schools have also required new air-conditioning units in the past two years.
With the district’s focus shifting toward Maple School, it has become clear that this building will require over $7 million to simply maintain it. This expenditure would not modernize systems, create needed flexible spaces for learning, or support emerging programs like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Increasing enrollment is also causing additional sections to be added to our elementary schools, which creates constraints on program delivery and limits the ability to support emerging programs like STEM.
Regular updates to our staff, parents, and community will be provided throughout the year via (1) my ongoing communications, (2) facility planning updates at Board of Education meetings, and (3) a web page on District 30’s website devoted exclusively to Master Facility Planning information and updates (http://facilities.district30.org).
As always, we value and appreciate your partnership and commitment to the students we serve in District 30. Thank you in advance for staying engaged, including your participation in future community opinion surveys the district will be conducting in late-October or early-November.
Here’s to a great 2016-2017 school year!