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Facility Master Plan Committee

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Meeting #1: Finances                       Meeting #2: Academics

Meeting #1: Finances (September 13, 2022)

View the slide deck here. 

Meeting Summary:

This week, a committee made up of Ankeny parents, district staff, and community members began working on the Facility Master Plan. Was it a typical meet-n-greet? Yes and no. 

Each table spent time getting to know how committee members are connected and vested in Ankeny School’s facility planning. The district’s demographer, RSP& Associates, facilitated a conversation about how the human brain approaches learning new concepts and the challenge of being open to innovative thinking.

The district’s Chief Financial Officer, Jennifer Jamison, provided a brief but detailed presentation on school finances related to facilities. Jennifer outlined the district’s primary sources of revenue for new construction, renovations, and repairs, including, General Obligation Bonds, the statewide sales tax (Secure an Advanced Vision for Education/SAVE), and the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL). She also outlined existing funding commitments for these funds. These funding streams make up the money the district utilizes to pay for new and existing buildings and will inform the work of the facility master plan process. 

Using the information provided by Jennifer Jamison, the committee completed their first small group assignments by creating first-draft financial belief statements. The committee’s financial belief statements will describe how the group intends to approach district finances as we plan for future facilities, boundary changes, and renovations. 

The next committee meeting is on September 27, 2022. The topic will be rigorous and relevant academic programming and creating a curriculum belief statement related to facility planning. 


Meeting #2: Academics (September 27, 2022)

View the slide deck here.

Meeting Summary:

The second meeting for the Facility Master Plan Committee was completed on September 27. The group finalized their financial belief statement as it relates to facility planning, and engaged in a review of the district’s academic programming. 

As a reminder, the key initiatives being addressed through the Facility Master Plan process include: 

  • Grade configuration: Determine the grade-level configuration that best supports student learning and maximizes the efficient use of current and future facilities
  • Boundary Realignment: Develop new boundaries for the opening of the new elementary in 2024 that center on student access, achievement, and well-being, community input, responsible use of resources, geography, and intra-district balance between schools and feeder systems
  • Current Facility Assessment: Determine what renovations to current facilities and what construction of new facilities is needed to meet these objectives
  • Future Facility Locations: Determine the facilities and land needed to support the academic programs and opportunities identified in the strategic plan including multidisciplinary learning and student exploration of postsecondary pathways

The committee finalized the following financial belief statements:

The district is responsible for being good stewards of the community’s educational investment by making financial decisions which enable educators to create adaptive learning environments for students who will need to meet the challenges of the rapidly changing world into the future.

The district is responsible for using the multiple financial resources available efficiently and ethically while creating an environment that evolves and supports innovative learning and keeps its community informed throughout the process as partners.

As it reviewed academic programming, the committee engaged in the following as it relates to facility planning:

Considered:

  • What types of facilities would best support the academic programs our community feels it is important for our students to experience?
  • How might the district design facilities that might support flexibility as programming and student needs change in the future?

Processed:

  • Current Student Data: The committee reviewed district data with a high-level overview indicating that Ankeny does well in core subject areas and in preparing students for a college pathway; however, the district needs to strengthen the pathways to prepare students for other postsecondary pursuits, particularly as it relates to Career and Technical Education (CTE).
  • Programming Parameters: The committee reviewed relevant Board Policies, Iowa Code, current grade-level configuration, current facilities constraints, and teacher certifications.

Reviewed:

Strategic Plan Key Objectives:

  • Incorporate Career Exploration into PK-12 Curriculum
  • Increase Access to a Variety of Learning Models
  • Create HQ Blended Program & Flexible Schedules
  • Create a Plan for an Innovative High School

Connected:

Continuous Improvement Teams

  • Postsecondary Readiness Team Purpose: create and refine a district career guidance plan
  • Innovative High School Team Purpose: design a concept for an innovative high school

The committee’s next step is to develop its Academic Belief Statement at the October 18 meeting. This meeting will also cover and overview of the current state of district facilities and the plans underway for maintenance and construction.