Facilities Master Plan

Master Facilities Plan Overview

Comments Survey Comprehensive facility planning is an iterative process essential to maintaining the short and long-term well-being of a District’s infrastructure. There is no ‘boiler plate’ approach to planning as every school district has a unique set of characteristics that set it apart from others. However, there are commonalities in the types of data and information that should be used to make both fact-based and community stakeholder-based decisions when the plan is developed.

We often use the analogy of a four-legged stool in which the seat represents the facilities and that seat is supported by four legs of equal importance. The legs include:

  • Educational Framework: Curriculum, Programs, Delivery Models, and Policy
  • Demographics: Enrollment and the data that impact enrollment
  • Condition: Physical Condition and Educational Adequacy
  • Funding: Ability to fund and sources of funding

Though one of the legs of the stool often necessitates the call for a plan, each of these legs carries an equal amount of importance when developing a facilities master plan. Add the element of community and stakeholder involvement that reflects the culture and values of the District and that sets the foundation for a successful planning process.

Facilities Master Plan Questionnaire Opens for Community Feedback

Fanning Howey Associates, Inc., an architecture, interiors, and engineering firm specializing in learning environments, and their partnering consultant, HPM Leadership, are hosting community meetings regarding the SBCSC Facilities Master Plan and recently opened questionnaire. 

This is part of Phase II of the Facilities Master Plan, which focuses on neighborhood choice schools while aligning district-wide feeder programs from elementary through high school. Fanning Howey will host eight (8) meetings open to the community to discuss options for district resizing. 

Stakeholders are invited to provide feedback and ideas about topics such as educational pathways, choice programs, and building usage via an online questionnaire, also available in Spanish.

Changes regarding district facilities consider four main components: educational framework, demographics, conditions, and funding.

Once stakeholders have completed viewing the presentation (also broken down into 10-minute segments throughout the questionnaire), we hope they’ll consider joining us for an in-person follow-up meeting. 

Slides of the presentation presented to the Board of School Trustees the evening of February 6 can be viewed here ahead of the presentations open to the public in the dates and times below. 

A script of the presentation is also available in English and Spanish. 

A living document of FAQs is available here. 

Note: There will be two separate one-hour meetings each evening at each location:

  • February 7: 5:30-6:30, 7:00-8:00 at Dickinson Fine Arts Academy, 4404 Elwood Ave. 46628
  • February 7: 5:30-6:30, 7:00-8:00 at Edison Middle School, 2701 Eisenhower Dr. 46615

  • February 8: 5:30-6:30, 7:00-8:00 at Jackson Middle School, 5001 S. Miami Rd. 46614

  • February 8: 5:30-6:30, 7:00-8:00 at Clay International Academy, 52900 Lily Rd. 46637

  • February 13-17: Virtual Community Meetings (signup available in the online questionnaire)

The questionnaire will be open until February 19.

Meeting 1 Presentation Slides

Community Meeting #1 – March 19, Brown Community Learning Center, 9 a.m.

Press release      Presentation slides (PDF)

Questionnaire 1 Results

The first community meeting will provide an opportunity to learn about the process and gain insight to the type of data we use when developing a facilities master plan. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for community stakeholders to give input on how the master plan will be shaped.

An important part of creating a comprehensive plan is to get input from the community that establish “rules” for planning. These rules are centered on how curriculum and programs shape what schools will look like in the future. A questionnaire will be available to all community members that will ask about practical matters such as school size but primarily focused on topics such as Choice Programs, Career and Technical Education, Special Education, Fine Arts, Athletics, and other matters centered around program and curriculum delivery. Feedback from the community will be used to create options for future facilities improvement, investments, and usage. These options will be brought back to the community for review and input in our May community meeting.

The meeting will be from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. starting with approximately a ½ hour presentation followed by a community discussion session. The questionnaire will be available online and through a QR code for those attending the meeting. The online questionnaire will be available for two weeks following the meeting and will also be distributed to Students, Faculty and Staff.

Meeting #2Community Meeting #2 – May 5, Charles Black Community Center, 5 p.m.

Press release      Presentation slides (PDF)

Questionnaire #2This community meeting will provide stakeholder an opportunity to share input on facilities options that were created based on data and the community input received in Community Meeting #1. Participants will give input on the options presented and work in small groups to discuss the benefits and challenges of the options. Like the first meeting there will be an opportunity to complete a questionnaire that will be available for two weeks after the meeting.

Feedback from this community meeting will help form the recommendations for the Long-Range Facilities Master Plan.