Building Committee Public Forum A presentation for the community and school board January 12, 2010
Who we are • 23 members total • School administrative team, 4 board members and 9 community representatives • Meetings are open to the public and advertised on the district’s website. • Meeting notes are posted online, along with study and related documents
What we’ve done so far • Reviewed 2008 feasibility study by Crabtree, Rohrbaugh & Associates • Discussed the amount of renovation needed at our schools, especially junior high and North Lincoln Hill. We must bring buildings up to code. • Gathered data: enrollment figures, operational costs, etc. • Split into three subcommittees to study the pros and cons of 5-, 4- and 3-building concepts. • Wallaceton-Boggs remains closed in all scenarios.
Our current objective • We want to hear from you! • We need input on a critical question …
Does the community support5 school buildings?4 school buildings?or 3 school buildings?
5-Building Plan – The Pros • Status quo is comfortable and eliminates need to explain changes • No vacant buildings in any community • Maintains current staffing • Teaming at Junior High • Smaller-school community • Teachers know all students • Auditorium at junior high
5-Building Plan – The Pros • Walkers at OME/NLH • Room to grow if student population increases And now for the cons …
5-Building Plan – The Cons • Cost of renovation - $27 - $30 million • Long-term operational costs • Inequity of class size and duplicated resources • JH/OME – little to no outside facilities • Multi-purpose space at NLH • High ceilings and hearing issue at JH • Code violations • Locked into K-6, 7-8, 9-12 format
4-Building Plan – The Pros • Closing a school saves costs, overhead • Possible new state-of-the-art Junior High/Middle School • Possible warehousing capability • Less sense of community loss because fewer schools would be closed than a 3-building plan • Possible relocation of district offices
4-Building Plan – The Pros • More PDE reimbursement (state funding) than a 5-building plan And now for the cons …
4-Building Plan – The Cons • Loss of a community school • Redistricting • Concerns about space/class size in a renovated building • Staff reductions • Long-term operational costs of 4 buildings are greater than 3 buildings
3-Building Plan – The Pros • Reduction in operating expenses • Sufficiently accommodates limited potential growth and equalizes class sizes • PDE reimbursement (state funding) • Fewer buildings slated for renovation • Possibility of closed schools becoming community centers • Less maintenance required And now for the cons …
3-Building Plan – The Cons • Limited growth capacity • Loss of 2 community schools • Excessive pressure on athletics, parking, traffic • Increased transportation costs • Lost historical significance of buildings in the school district.
We need your input! • Community survey • Do you prefer 5, 4 or 3 school buildings?