In the spring of 2015, the District took initial steps to
begin a master planning process for facilities.
With school buildings between 49 and 101 years old, our facility needs
are significant. The normal problems
with aging buildings was further complicated by a decade long recession where
the State directed school districts to use maintenance dollars for basic operations.
As part of our master planning process, we hired an architectural firm to support our needs
assessment. Throughout the fall
of 2015, Teter and Associates assessed our properties identifying needs for
infrastructure, rehabilitating aging plumbing and sewer systems,
repairing/replacing leaky roofs, upgrading technology infrastructure,
modernizing outdated classrooms, updating heating and ventilations systems,
addressing deteriorated buildings (doors, windows, structural repairs, dry rot,
painting), improving school safety, upgrading athletic fields, upgrading career
tech and science labs for the 21st century, and many more pressing
In the fall of 2015, we contracted with DecisionInsite, a
demographer, to help us project student enrollment for the next decade. Using birth rates, current enrollment data,
housing development plans in both the city and county, partner district data
and current enrollment, the demographer identified that SCCS will be in
declining enrollment for the next decade. Our elementary district currently has
only 34 more students than we had when two elementary schools were closed in
2004. We are projected to drop further
next year to under the number we had the year schools were closed.
The architects’ final assessment provided many
recommendations. It also informed us
that the Natural Bridges campus was not worth investing in renovation. The school site’s original construction was
poor and years of wear and tear, dry rot, etc. would require us to spend 75% to
80% of what new construction would cost to renovate the building and the
results would be less than satisfactory.
Community input has been an essential component of our
process. Throughout the year, we have worked to include the voices of our
stakeholders with numerous meetings and surveys. These input opportunities have included:
7 Board/Community Meetings on Programs and
12 Community Meetings on each school facility
and district wide facilities issues – all advertised in the Sentinel
Faculty meetings at each school site
On-line surveys specific to each campus with
District-wide Community Survey on District-wide
In March of 2016 SCCS convened an Ad-Hoc Facilities Committee to look at
district wide facilities concerns this spring.
Look for links to follow on their work, community meeting notes and
Further, a Steering Committee was formed with 25
stakeholders to prioritize identified needs. Links are also available here for
their meeting agendas and materials. The
Steering Committee will provide input into final recommendations for the
Facilities Master Plan, which we anticipate will be presented to the Board in
Please look to this web page for up to date information on
our planning process.