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DLR Group Presents Data, Ideas for SJSD Facilities

(July 29, 2019) Members of DLR Group shared data from their evaluation of the St. Joseph School District's facilities during Monday's Board of Education work session.

The presentation included a series of “big ideas” or possibilities for the future of the SJSD. The purpose of the presentation was to show a number of options, or possible scenarios based on the data they gathered. This is an early step in the process, and the items presented were for discussion purposes only.

"We need to know where we are before we begin discussing where we need to go.  DLR did exactly what we asked them to do by evaluating all of our current facilities," said Seth Wright, Board president. "We are now sharing that information with the public so that we can begin the conversation about what this community wants this school district to look like moving forward."
 
 
DLR's work included “scores” for all of the buildings in the district, rating physical condition and systems. They also provided environmental scores which included acoustics, safety & security, thermal comfort and way-finding.

DLR Scores

Next, DLR explained capacity projections for each school facility. The projections looked at the optimum capacity for each building, the 18-19 enrollment and the 10-year enrollment projection. The facility analysis offered an overview of the schools that are over capacity, nearing capacity, at ideal capacity and those under capacity.
 
DLR also shared four possible scenarios - for discussion purposes only - to begin the process of showing the Board of Education, district staff and the community what the broad level view of potential changes could look like.

"The data shows that we have many old and outdated facilities. The survey results from the community echo this issue," said Dr. Doug Van Zyl, superintendent. "We will continue to involve staff and community members as we move forward, using these initial thoughts and ideas from DLR as the springboard to further discussions and possibilities."
 
No decisions were made following Monday's presentation. The presentation was informational only.

"This is not the end but rather the beginning of the conversation.  All options are on the table and no decisions have been made.  We hope that the community, our staff, parents and students will all engage in this process to make a better stronger St. Joseph School District," said Wright.

The next step in the facilities planning process will include additional community meetings, small group discussions, web, social and online surveys.

"We look forward to engaging the community in further discussions as we move forward in this process," said Wright.

Learn more about the process by following this web page.