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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
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Facilities Community Engagement Session Wednesday to focus on priorities

May 8, 2017

A community engagement session for the fifth topic in a series of sessions to address District 186 facilities is set for Wednesday, May 10, at 6 PM at Southeast High School. Residents living within District 186 boundaries are encouraged to attend this session, which is focused on prioritizing next steps across the District based on principles and needs that have emerged through the course of the community engagement work.

The first three community engagement sessions were focused on answering the question “where are we now?” and allowed attendees to provide input on the District’s buildings.  A session on a second topic focused on 21st century programs and facilities and what is possible. A third meeting focused on identifying and prioritizing planning principles that would guide any future changes. The most recent session continued to address the question “where do we want to go from here?” by analyzing how each building stacks up against educational and facilities standards. The presentations and feedback from all previous sessions can be found at www.sps186.org/ourschoolsourfuture. Wednesday’s session will begin the conversation around “how do we get there?”

Childcare will be offered at this session and subsequent sessions. There is one remaining community engagement session in May, as well as more opportunities planned through the fall of 2017. For details, visit www.sps186.org/ourschoolsourfuture.

Facilities master planning is the process by which the District will create a comprehensive, collaborative, long-range vision to improve its school buildings and to address the changing demands of 21st century learning. The process will assess the physical structures and learning spaces, and create a shared vision with the community of a preferred future for District 186. The community engagement sessions will allow for input from all reaches of the city. This process will help District 186 prioritize needs, capitalize on opportunities, and decide how to thoughtfully bring the community’s ideal to life.