D30 Master Facility Plan Update

Our work on our master facility plan continues. To create the District 30 Master Facility Plan, our architects, ARCON, updated the physical assessment and completed the educational assessment of our facilities. Parents, students, and staff have participated tours, focus groups, design workshops, and observations that were completed by ARCON and their educational consultant, David Jakes Design.

District 30 has also set up two dates for public tours of Maple to come learn more about the needs we face as a district along with the inclusive process we are employing to define our plan of action.

Public Tours of Maple School

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, beginning in the Multipurpose Room at Maple School at 10:30 a.m. & 12:30 a.m. (Also Participate in Maple’s Computer Recycling Drive)
  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016, beginning in the Multipurpose Room at Maple School at 6:00 p.m. (Also Participate in Maple’s Canned Food Drive for the Northfield Food Pantry)
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016, beginning in the Multipurpose Room at Maple School at 6:00 p.m. (Also participate in Maple’s PTO Book Sale)

What follows is an update on our preliminary findings.

Educational Facility Assessment Findings

This intense and comprehensive analysis generated many drivers, findings, and considerations for each District 30 facility:

Drivers – D30 Spaces Should Provide:

  • An invitation to learning
  • Opportunity for exploration
  • Physical & intellectual safety
  • Transparency in learning
  • Integrative opportunities
  • Adaptive options for different styles of learning
  • Comprehensive space
  • A Catalyst for inquiry & creativity
  • An opportunity for play
  • A celebration of learning

Educational Assessment Findings:

  • You are out of space
  • Your spaces present a limited invitation
  • Your spaces require constant negotiation
  • Your spaces are limiting
  • Your spaces could be aligned more effectively
  • Your spaces could support all learners more effectively
  • You lack engaging outdoor spaces – especially at Maple

The recent faculty survey put a quantitative face on our teacher’s perceptions of our facilities. A few highlights include:

90% (87 individuals out of 97 respondents) and 88% (37 out of 42) at Maple agreed or strongly agreed that creating more capable learning spaces would have a significant impact or completely change how students learn.

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Identified Educational Facility Considerations (Preliminary)

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Our Facility Goal Steering Committee has met two times to help inform our considerations and options to address our needs. This work will help our administrative team prioritize our considerations as we update the District 30 Master Facility Plan.

What’s Next?…Citizens’ Task Force Convenes

Once we have a prioritized master facility plan, the Citizens’ Task Force will help clarify communication of our issues, and define a potential solution they believe the community will support. Our community will then receive information about our needs, and they will be surveyed. These results will help inform our Citizens’ Task Force, which will tentatively make a recommendation to our Board of Education on how to proceed at our December 8, 2016, Board Meeting.

After entering into this thorough process, I am even more convinced that this effort to create a long-range facility plan is among the most important areas of need for District 30 at this time. I thank the many people who have and will continue to help with this important initiative.

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