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Jennifer Gill, Superintendent
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Springfield, IL 62704
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Facilities community engagement session on master plan solutions Sept. 27

September 26, 2017

An eighth community engagement session in a series of sessions to address District 186 facilities is set for Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 6 PM at Lanphier High School. A narrowed selection of potential master plan solutions will be discussed and attendees will have a chance to review and evaluate them.

In the first Fall 2017 session, multiple elementary, middle and high school scenario options were presented for consideration. These options have been reduced and altered based on qualitative feedback and preferences expressed by the community at that meeting. A smaller set of scenario options for elementary, middle and high schools will be discussed on Wednesday along with athletic, alternative program and administrative options.

There will be one final community engagement session in Fall 2017, which is the options forum for master plan selection on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 to 8 PM, at Southeast High School. A final plan will be presented to the Board of Education in December 2017.

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 all previous sessions can be found at 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. For details, visit www.sps186.org/ourschoolsourfuture.