How did we get here?
The district has spent the past year having important conversations with school leaders, teachers, support staff, students, parents and community members about how to best serve all LSR7 students and the 1,500 kids projected to join our district in the next decade. Those conversations started in Fall 2018 when the district formed a Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) committee to examine how to meet the district’s future capacity needs and provide the school spaces future students and staff need to thrive.
- Phase 1 started in Fall 2018 and focused on capacity — how LSR7 prepares for enrollment growth. The district hosted 11 engagement events and conducted three community surveys that led to boundary changes approved in December 2018.
- Phase 2 started in Spring 2019 and focused on instruction — what do future-ready learning environments look like and what do educators need to meet future students’ developmental needs? This phase included nine action teams, including a middle school design process group tasked with studying the impact of moving sixth grade to middle school.
- In August 2019, the Board of Education approved three priorities for the 2019-20 school year, including: Ensure equitable access to future ready learning environments by further engaging stakeholders in the continued implementation of the Comprehensive Facility Master Plan by identifying preK-12 facility projects in anticipation of an April 2020 “no tax increase” bond issue.
- On Sept. 24, after several public presentations and a parent engagement night, the Board of Education approved preliminary plans to move sixth grade to middle school. This fall, the Citizens’ Advisory Committee (CAC), a group of 70 community members, staff members and parents, examined the CFMP work and ultimately decided to recommend construction projects the district should immediately prioritize.
- The CAC presented a $224 million no tax rate increase bond package on Dec. 19 at the Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting.
- The Board of Education approved that recommended package on Jan. 23 by a unanimous 7-0 vote.