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Update on Facilities Master Plan
Process for Success/Facilities Master Plan Update
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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 PFS committee is focused on student safety as well as quality educational space and environment for our students. 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 presented a modified facilities master plan to share with the community at Derby High School on May 4. 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 presented at May 4 meeting HERE.

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. On July 10 phones began ringing across the Derby Public Schools district  to conduct a comprehensive survey of community patron opinion. 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 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 was 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 were not contacted at random by phone, an online version of the survey was also 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 was totally confidential. All the answers came straight to Patron Insight, and the district received a summary report.

Patron Insight presented 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 received the report to review before reconvening again to discuss plans on August 29. PFS presented an updated proposal at the September 11 BOE meeting for discussion. View proposal discussed HERE

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

Next Step
At the September 25 Board of Education meeting, the Board voted 6-1 in favor of moving forward with a bond proposal for an anticipated election date of February 20, 2018.  

The next steps include submitting the proposal to the State Board of Education for approval. This year the state has allocated a set amount of funds, which are available to all school districts in the state of Kansas. Once the amount is used up, then no other district can move forward with a bond election during the given year.  At this point the amount we're asking for exceeds the amount which is left. The state will not allow requests for bond proposals to proceed to an election unless necessary funds are available. We will be watching the elections on November 7, and the results of the bond elections of the other school districts who have applied and secured the funds available for this year.  If some of the 10 school districts do not have successful bond issues, then this will free up funds to allow our district to proceed forward this year. If funds do not become available, then we'll reconvene the Process for Success committee to determine next steps (either to wait until July when additional funds come available or re-look at projects that are included to reduce the amount to match the available remaining state funding).

The Process for Success committee brought forward a proposal, which included three separate questions. Question 1 is the main question, which must pass for questions 2 or 3 to be able to potentially pass. Voters would have the opportunity to vote on each one alone. 

Click HERE to view information provided in the September 25 board packet, which includes the project proposal, the breakdown of projects in questions one, two and three, draft sketches of building additions/changes and the actual bond language.

Tentative Timeline Moving Forward
• October 10: Submit application to state
• November 15: Results from November 14 State BOE meeting
• February possible bond election

Learn more HERE.

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