Facilities Planning Process
Our school district is experiencing tremendous enrollment growth. We are a popular school district with lots of housing growth; with that growth comes families with children. Over the next ten years PLSAS is expecting an additional 2,185 students spread across all grade levels (2017/18 – 2026/27) according to a new report presented to the School Board on January 23, 2017. (click here for enrollment projections)
At the same time, PLSAS is already experiencing unprecedented enrollment growth throughout the district, which is putting pressure on our schools. Our K-12 schools are at or near capacity in each of the following areas:
- Classroom spaces, including gyms for physical education
- Core spaces such as kitchens/cafeterias, hallways, offices, conference rooms, locker rooms and storage areas
- Co-curricular activities and athletic spaces
Long-term facilities planning is underway, with the district's Facilities Task Force meeting through March 2017 to study enrollment and demographic data. The Task Force will identify needs, generate ideas and provide input to a Facilities Design Team.
The facilities study and resulting options will be based on capacity usage, current and projected enrollment, demographic projections, city housing projections, educational needs of the school district, school-day programs, after-school facility usage, survey input and financial stewardship.
Between the Task Force and Design Team, PLSAS will receive viable and sustainable options to address long-term facilities needs, student enrollment growth and academic programming. Long-term options will be presented to the community for input March 2, 9 and 28, with final options presented to the School Board in the spring for their consideration and action.
Remaining transparent and neutral through this process is of the utmost importance, which is why we have partnered with TeamWorks International to facilitate the work. TeamWorks is a local company that has a strong track record of working with school districts through change, planning and facility design processes, which have resulted in wide community support. Their guidance will ensure the process remains authentic and is not unduly driven by district administration.