Facilities Master Plan

Facilities Master Plan- Process for Success
Posted on 01/03/2017
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The Process for Success Committee (PFS) began the task in March of 2016 of reviewing the school district's current facilities, looking at enrollment projections and assessing the best way to meet the current and long range facility needs of all students in an efficient and effective manner. The PFS committee is made up of community members, parents and staff who have invested significant time and effort reviewing information. (See PFS Committee Volunteers HERE) The committee put together a facilities master plan proposal outlining needs broken down by facility with elementary schools, middle schools, the high school, athletic facilities, maintenance and transportation renovations. The committee defined the four primary facilities master plan goals as:
1. Safety and security at all district facilities, including storm shelters and ADA accessibility
2. Addressing deferred maintenance
3. Efficiency and growth
4. Curriculum and program equity

Community and staff input meetings to discuss the Facilities Master Plan proposal during the months of January and February, along with an online feedback form, provided valuable feedback on the Facilities Master Plan proposal. The PFS committee reconvened on February 9 to review feedback and establish the next steps in both short-term and long-term facilities planning within our district. The PFS asked that sub-committees reconvene to determine if there are additional options and do further research regarding school sizes and academic needs to ensure a Facilities Master Plan proposal is developed that reflects community needs while being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. The committee is working on a modified facilities master plan to present to the community at Derby High School on May 4 at 6:30PM. The PFS committee is focused on student safety as well as quality educational space and environment for our students.

May 4 Community Meeting
A community meeting was held on May 4 to present modified facilities master plan. View the powerpoint that was presented HERE. Also available is a video of the presentation HERE. A summary of cost per building can be viewed HERE.

Next Steps
On July 10 phones were ringing across the Derby Public Schools district as a comprehensive survey of community patron opinion began. As the district continues to move forward with a Facilities Master Plan proposal, it is imperative that we have feedback from the community. Due to low attendance and feedback received at community meetings held earlier this year the district has contracted with Patron Insight, a service that helps gather community input. 

Patron Insight formulated questions and made 400 phone calls at random to community members to gain insight into the Facilities Master Plan and possible bond proposal. Phone surveys began July 10 and were completed July 28. The survey of 400 households will provide insight into what residents think about the district’s strengths, challenges and priorities. The 10-15 minute survey touched on a wide variety of topics and will provide opportunities for residents to share their comments. The Derby Public Schools boundaries have been divided into four regions to have equal representation from the entire community. See regions HEREThe calling was completed by Kansas City-based Market Research Associates, a firm that uses only locally based, professional researchers. Participants will be selected totally at random, and all responses will be kept completely confidential. 

For those who are not contacted at random by phone, an online version of the survey wad made available in English and Spanish to gather even more input from a wider audience.
 No e-mail addresses were collected in this process; it is totally confidential. All the answers came straight to Patron Insight, and the district will get a summary report.

Due to the time frame of this additional survey component, the Process for Success steering committee did not meet on June 1 as previously planned. Patron Insight will present a report of their surveys to the Board of Education at the August 28 BOE meeting at City Hall. Following this presentation, each steering committee member will also receive the report to review before reconvening again to discuss plans. The steering committee will meet August 29 and 31 at 6:30PM at Derby North Middle School.

Please find Patron Insight survey results below:
• Phone (please note phone surveys are statistically reliable data)
• Online 

Tentative Timeline Moving Forward
• September 11: Possible discussion item at Board of Education meeting
• September 25 or October 9: Possible action at Board of Education meeting
• October 10
• November 15: Results from November 14 State BOE meeting
• End of January/Beginning of February possible bond election

The PFS Committee has previously provided updates/discussion at the following Board of Education to keep the community up-to-date on the process.

• March 27, 6:30PM, City Hall
• April 10, 6:30PM, City Hall. Click HERE for update.
• April 24, 6:30PM, City Hall. Click HERE for update.
• June 12, 6:30PM, City Hall

Process for Success - Summary: The Process for Success Steering Committee presented an updated proposal at the September 11 BOE meeting for discussion and it will be an action item at the September 25 BOE meeting. To learn more about Process for Success, click HERE.

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