What You Told Us
We spent the year engaging with parents and community members to better understand our needs throughout the district and how to address them. You spoke and we listened - through a number of avenues such as community-based meetings, an online survey, social media and a telephone town hall.
The Long Range Planning Advisory Committee (LRPAC), comprised of parents, community members and school staff, was established in September 2015 and spent the year discussing our immediate and longer-term needs. In Spring 2016, the LRPAC prioritized these needs and recommended that the Board of Education place a bond on the November ballot as a funding source to address the following needs:
- Aging Buildings
- Safety and Security
- Classroom Needs
- Educational Opportunities
Five Star Needs Survey
Over 2,500 parents and community members participated in the Five Star Needs online survey. Stakeholders indicated the most important facility needs throughout the district.
Top 3 Identified Needs:
1. Support comfortable, safe and dry learning environments by replacing leaking roofs, low functioning heating and cooling systems and weakening plumbing systems that are beyond their useful life.
2. Build new schools to relieve overcrowding.
3. Enhance school safety through updated security cameras, recorders and electronic door locks.
Final Survey Question:
Should Adams 12 Five Star Schools put an issue on the November ballot?
Throughout the year we discussed our Five Star Needs through a variety of social campaigns, including live-tweet school tours of facility needs, Twitter Q&As with Superintendent Gdowski, weekly #FacilityFriday posts and a summer campaign called #FiveStarFacts about education funding myths and district facts.
Telephone Town Hall
Over 1,000 community members joined the phone conversation to celebrate the year’s accomplishments and address the challenges we face moving forward. Take a listen to the recording to hear the questions our community has on how to address our Five Star Needs. To listen in Spanish, click here.
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