In the spring of 2015, the District took initial steps to begin a master planning process for facilities. With school buildings between 50 and 103 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aging plumbing and sewer systems, repairing/replacing leaky roofs, upgrading technology infrastructure, modernizing outdated classrooms, updating heating and ventilations systems, addressing deteriorated buildings (doors, windows, structural repairs, dry rot, painting), improving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 needs.
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:
12 Community Meetings on each school facility and district wide facilities issues all advertised in the Sentinel:
1/20/16 - Westlake Elementary
1/20/16 - Bayview Elementary
1/20/16 - Mission Hill Middle
2/4/16 - Gault Elementary
2/4/16 - Delaveaga Elementary
2/4/16 - Branciforte Middle
2/5/16 - Harbor High
2/9/16 - Branciforte Small Schools
2/9/16 - Natural Bridges
2/16/16 - Santa Cruz High
2/17/16 - Soquel High
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 August.
· Faculty meetings at each school site
· On-line surveys specific to each campus with campus stakeholders
· District-wide Community Survey on District-wide facility issues
Please look to this web page for up to date information on our planning process.