Facilities Task Force to present final recommendation
Facilities Task Force to present final recommendation to the School Board Nov. 20
Posted on 11/10/2017

Long Term Facilities Planning GraphicThe District 197 Facilities Task Force will hold their final meeting on November 14 and is expected to present a final report and recommendations to the School Board on November 20. For the past eight months the group has been studying each school building to identify:
- necessary structural and mechanical maintenance upgrades,
- learning spaces that do not meet today’s educational needs, and 
- opportunities to better accommodate co-curricular activities, athletics and programs.

Discussion regarding facilities needs began 18 months ago when the district conducted a district-wide deferred maintenance assessment. Then in March of 2017, the school board assembled a Facilities Task Force of parents, community members, teachers, board members and administrators to conduct a comprehensive review of all school buildings and grounds. 

In addition to the Task Force, several schools and programs formed sub-committees of staff and parents. The sub-committees provided input and feedback to the Task Force, creating a larger network of community engagement around the facilities planning process. The district also held community meetings last spring and again this fall to share the Task Force’s work-to-date and gather feedback. 

Click here to view the presentation shared at the community meetings that covers the potential projects at each building.

In addition to incorporating building maintenance needs and making academic improvements for students, the proposed projects at each building have been developed with the community in mind. Planning has taken into consideration facility use before and after school, in the evenings, on weekends and during the summer by area residents of all ages. 

The School Board Work Session will be held on Monday, November 20 at Henry Sibley High School in room A241 at 5 p.m. No final decisions will be made at the meeting. The facilities recommendation will likely be on the agenda for a decision at the December 4 school board meeting, however.

The last time District 197 completed a comprehensive study of facilities that included deferred maintenance needs was 1999. Based on the results, the district proposed a $56.2 million bond for facility improvements to the community, which was approved by voters in 2004. 

For more information about the Facilities Task Force visit www.isd197.org/schoolboard/initiatives/facilities.