Task force weighs in on facility needs
- Community Investment
More than 50 community members representing 30 different schools joined in the first of three Blueprint Task Force meetings on Jan. 23. Parents, high school students, elected leaders, industry and business partners, along with representatives from higher education, civic, and faith-based organizations, came together to help Adams 12 Five Star Schools further refine its Blueprint plans and provide feedback on proposed investment areas for the next 12 years.
To gather public input in this process, the district is focusing on two primary areas: academic programming and facility needs. Given the detail required for each, this first task force meeting focused solely on “facility needs,” meaning potential plans, costs, and information to help build and improve facilities to provide outstanding and desirable learning environments.
Task force members were asked to help us envision how we can best renew, rebuild, and reimagine our buildings — from the security, to heating systems, communication, technology, school grounds, and everything in between. It was a packed agenda, and everyone participated through our interactive voting technology to help us identify priorities and analyze the impacts of potential decisions and outcomes.
Here are some of the key takeaways:
- 47% named investing in building structures and exteriors as their highest priority, followed by 38% naming safety, security and communications systems as their top priority over other areas such as building interiors, information technology and school grounds
- 77% said rebuilding our oldest high schools (50-plus years old) are an urgent priority
- About 70% agreed we need a new central food warehouse and production facility to improve nutrition and save on delivery and storage costs
- 66% would like to see more Pre-K through 8th grade (P-8) schools
- 87% believe we need to expand Career and Technical Education (CTE) opportunities
If you have not already done so, please take our community survey, which closes February 9 and provides you a simple way to give us your opinion. The next Task Force meetings will cover academic programming, operational needs and the survey results.