Master Facilities Planning Process: Updates and Next Steps

Master Facilities Planning Process: Updates and Next Steps
Posted on 08/19/2019

This summer, the St. Joseph School District started the process to develop a vision to improve our school facilities and better prepare our kids for success in school, the workplace, and life. In the past few weeks, we have worked to identify the priorities and initial ideas that will form that vision.

Facilities Assessments Complete
Architects and engineers from SJSD's facilities planning partner, DLR Group, have taken extensive tours of each of our facilities and used their expertise to assess the existing condition of our schools.

Initial Concepts Presented
Using information from the facilities assessments and our projected capacity and enrollment information from the district's demographer, DLR Group presented initial concepts for the future of our schools to our board, and we engaged St. Joseph community members in several focus groups to get input on those ideas.

Focus Groups Provide Feedback
Feedback from the initial concepts will help inform refined concepts that will be available for community input in September.

Planning Process Updates Posted Online
Information related to our assessments and capacity and enrollment, as well as the concepts that were presented to the board and in our focus group discussions, are now available online. We have also posted an FAQ document that addresses many of the common questions we're hearing as families send their kids back to school and teachers welcome their classes for a new year. You can find it all on our MFP website.

This process has the potential to be transformative for our schools. We will be transparent with the knowledge and discussions that inform our planning and share information with you as it is available. Your input has been critical for getting us to this point, and we're just getting started. We encourage you to dig in on this information and learn about next steps in the planning process.

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