- What do we want for our schools? (Presentation)
- Cost information for possible projects
- High school projects:
Facility Needs: Aging Schools and Enrollment Growth
Greater Albany Public Schools Board of Directors is considering a bond proposal for May 2017. The last voter-approved bond measure, passed in 2006, is expiring next year.
GAPS has many aging schools in need of repair and improvements to ensure student safety and an adequate learning environment. In addition, many schools are at or over student enrollment capacity. The current student population is at its highest point and projections are for continued growth.
The board is considering many projects, including construction of one or more elementary schools. The last elementary school the district built was Periwinkle, constructed in 1977 – almost 40 years ago.
A facilities assessment was conducted by architects and engineers to identify the District’s biggest facility needs, including safety issues, instructional space, overcrowding and maintenance.
Last year, the School Board appointed a 40-member community-based District Facility Advisory Committee (DFAC) to take a comprehensive look at each school and make recommendations for a potential school bond.
Before they approve a bond proposal, they will seek community input at a series of public forums.
District Facility Advisory Committee
In 2015, DFAC reviewed facility needs and made recommendations that may be part of a bond measure.
The 40-member DFAC included parents, business leaders, educators and staff. They toured facilities and identified projects that would improve the learning environment for students or extend the life of the buildings. They also studied projected needs based on new programs and growth. Their charge was to develop a plan and report back.
After approximately 40 hours of touring district facilities and 10 work sessions to discuss and review information about facility needs, the group reached agreement on a report that lists projects for a possible bond measure in priority order. The projects address needs of the District’s aging facilities and projected student enrollment growth.
DFAC guiding principles for projects include:
- Address critical physical needs of buildings.
- Address safety and security improvements.
- Focus on Career Ready opportunities for students through investing in programs and local business partnerships.
- Provide adequate technology access for student learning.
- Create appropriate educational spaces for today’s learners.
The total cost of the initial long-range facilities plan is more than $116 million for all projects, but the committee made recommendations based on the highest priority projects, which would reduce potential facilities improvement costs substantially.
The District Facilities Advisory Committee recommendation includes building upgrades and improvements, safety and security projects, technology infrastructure, accessibility projects and new construction to add space for student learning and projected growth.
The following projects were recommended by the DFAC in priority order: