In an ever-changing environment, it is important to monitor all aspects of our educational program, including physical environments.
We began a process to thoroughly assess facilities and learning environments in fall 2018. Environments were analyzed for their capacity to support projected enrollment growth; provide flexible, safe and secure environments; support community recreation and athletic usage; and manage ongoing infrastructure maintenance needs.We partnered with Eppstein Uhen Architects to help facilitate the development of this all-encompassing 10-year framework that aligns the organization’s current reality, impending forecasts, strategic direction, and the community’s priorities.
The MTSD Board of Education approved the Long Range Master Plan: A Framework for Our Future on July 22, 2019.
- The plan highlights strengths in facilities, including well-maintained buildings. The district has a maintenance program in place to prioritize and address ongoing facility maintenance and building conditions. The report also identifies strengths in safety and security and technology infrastructure.
- The plan also identifies challenges, including projections that point to inadequate classroom space to meet expected enrollment growth at the elementary level. Inflexible classroom configurations at all schools are not conducive to student-centered teaching and learning. Site circulation and traffic flow also present challenges at all campuses.
A Community Task Force was assembled to review and consider the long-range master plan and other information, establish priorities, and make recommendations to district leaders and the board of education regarding identified facilities issues.