District Prepares for Residents Input via a Facility Survey

District Prepares for Residents Input via a Facility Survey

In December, 2016 the Edgerton School Board approved securing the services of the Wisconsin Association of School Boards to facilitate a comprehensive study of all the District schools.  The study was completed with the assistance of an industry partner, JP Cullen.  In September the findings of the study were presented to the School Board.

Also in September, the School Board authorized the creation of an advisory committee, to be known as the Facility Advisory Committee (FAC), which was charged with identifying and confirming needs as well as exploring potential solutions to our District’s PreK-12th grade facility needs. The Board desired the following matters to be considered by the FAC in making recommendations to the Board of Education for potential future action:

  • Identify and evaluate (in partnership with District leadership, JP Cullen, and Bray Architects) immediate, emerging, and future infrastructure, building system, and educational needs.
  • Propose options/renovations/upgrades that support safe and accessible learning environments.
  • Provide purposeful spaces that inspire innovative learning, accommodate evolving technology and promote collaboration amongst students, staff, parents and the community.
  • Recommend a solution that is cost-effective for the taxpayer while providing for an enduring end-product that is energy efficient and adaptable for decades to come for all communities we serve.
  • Learn about and discuss the operational needs (curriculum, technology, personnel, equipment, etc.) identified by the School Board.
  • Serve as information providers and key communicators to the community throughout the process.

The FAC has met nine times and has additional meetings scheduled during the next few months.  The first four meetings were held at each of the schools where the FAC toured the facility and learned about the needs and educational limitations of each site.  A few of the more pressing needs that were identified in the tours, staff surveys, focus group interviews, and the facilities summary report were:

All schools

  • Secure entrances
  • Fire alarm systems
  • Improvement of air quality
  • Larger cafeteria/social space for students
  • Traffic flow

Community Elementary

  • Update all classrooms in the 1954 & 1957 area
  • Secure classrooms in the 1990 addition
  • Solution to reduce the enrollment of the school (currently 728 students)
  • Separate gym and cafeteria areas
  • Electrical & PA system

Yahara Valley Elemenatary

  • Secure classrooms in the open area
  • Update classrooms
  • PA system

Middle School

  • Natural lighting
  • Way finding around the building
  • Hard surface outdoors
  • Update science labs

High School

  • Larger band and choir classrooms
  • Update science labs
  • Electrical & PA system
  • Larger production kitchen
  • Larger pupil services office

The above priorities are not meant to serve as a comprehensive list of all the needs that will be addressed in any solution the FAC recommends to the Board of Education.  The full study can be viewed via the following link https://www.edgerton.k12.wi.us/site/handlers/filedownload.ashx?moduleinstanceid=2141&dataid=7459&FileName=SummaryDocument.pdf

In April the District will be mailing all residents a facilities survey to allow everyone to be involved in the planning process, learn about the needs of our schools, and collect data on the community's values and priorities.  Survey responses will guide the FAC’s decision-making when determining a long-term facility recommendation to the School Board in May.

Please contact me at dennis.pauli@edgerton.wi.us or 561-6101 if you have any questions.

It is a privilege to serve as the District Administrator in the Edgerton School District.  

 

Dr. Dennis Pauli

District Administrator

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