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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
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Springfield, IL 62704
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Facilities community engagement session on potential master plan solutions Aug. 23

August 18, 2017

A seventh community engagement session in a series of sessions to address District 186 facilities is set for Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 6 PM at Springfield High School. A variety of potential master plan solutions will be presented and attendees will have a chance to review and evaluate them.

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. The subsequent session focused on identifying and prioritizing planning principles that would guide any future changes. In the fourth session, attendees analyzed how each building stacks up against educational and facilities standards. In the fifth session, attendees began prioritizing next steps. The final session in the spring focused on developing a vision for the District’s preferred future, based on what was learned and accomplished in previous community engagement sessions. The presentations and feedback from those sessions can be found at www.sps186.org/ourschoolsourfuture.

There will be two additional community engagement sessions in Fall 2017, which are as follows:

  • How do we get there? Review and evaluate master plan solutions on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 6 PM, Lanphier High School

  • How we get there? Options forum for master plan selection on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 PM, Southeast High School

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. For details, visit www.sps186.org/ourschoolsourfuture.