Process for Success/Facilities Master Plan Update

Process for Success/Facilities Master Plan Update
This is the image for the news article titled Process for Success/Facilities Master Plan UpdateThe Process for Success Committee (PFS) began the task in March of 2016 of reviewing the school district's current facilities, looking at enrollment projections and assessing the best way to meet the current and long range facility needs of all students in an efficient and effective manner. The PFS committee is made up of community members, parents and staff who have invested significant time and effort reviewing information. (See PFS Committee Volunteers HERE) The committee put together a facilities master plan proposal outlining needs broken down by facility with elementary schools, middle schools, the high school, athletic facilities, maintenance and transportation renovations. The committee defined the four primary facilities master plan goals as:
1. Safety and security at all district facilities, including storm shelters and ADA accessibility
2. Addressing deferred maintenance
3. Efficiency and growth
4. Curriculum and program equity

Community and staff input meetings to discuss the Facilities Master Plan proposal during the months of January and February, along with an online feedback form, provided valuable feedback on the Facilities Master Plan proposal. The PFS committee reconvened on February 9 to review feedback and establish the next steps in both short-term and long-term facilities planning within our district. The PFS asked that sub-committees reconvene to determine if there are additional options and do further research regarding school sizes and academic needs to ensure a Facilities Master Plan proposal is developed that reflects community needs while being a good steward of taxpayer dollars. The committee is working on a modified facilities master plan to present to the community at Derby High School on May 4 at 6:30PM. The PFS committee is focused on student safety as well as quality educational space and environment for our students.

May 4 Community Meeting
A community meeting was held on May 4 to present modified facilities master plan. View the powerpoint that was presented below. Also available is a video, click HERE. Note: For optimal viewing, watch on a standard computer screen or click HERE. A summary of cost per building can be viewed HERE.

Next Steps
By July 10 phones will be ringing across the Derby Public Schools district as a comprehensive survey of community patron opinion will begin. As the district continues to move forward with a Facilities Master Plan proposal, it is imperative that we have feedback from the community. Due to low attendance and feedback received at community meetings held earlier this year the district has contracted with Patron Insight, a service that helps gather community input. 

Patron Insight formulated questions and will make 400 phone calls at random to community members to gain insight into the Facilities Master Plan and possible bond proposal. Phone surveys will begin by July 10 and are estimated to be completed by July 29. The survey of 400 households will also provide insight into what residents think about the district’s strengths, challenges and priorities. The 10-15 minute survey will touch on a wide variety of topics and will provide opportunities for residents to share their comments. The Derby Public Schools boundaries have been divided into four regions to have equal representation from the entire community. See regions HERE.

In general, calls will be placed between 7:00PM-9:00PM on weekdays, and noon-6:00PM on Saturdays. While there may be some variation on those times, no calls will take place during the traditional dinner hour. The caller ID may show “Market Research Associates” or it may simply show an 816 or 913 area code, because the company uses calling facilities in both Missouri and Kansas. The calling will be done by Kansas City-based Market Research Associates, a firm that uses only locally based, professional researchers. Participants will be selected totally at random, and all responses will be kept completely confidential. 

For those who are not contacted at random by phone, an online version of the survey is available below in English and Spanish to gather even more input from a wider audience. 

• Click HERE for Spanish
• Click HERE for English

Please note that each of these surveys will only accept one response per device, i.e. laptop, cell phone, etc. If a person leaves the survey before he or she is finished, he or she will not be able to return later. That's a safety device to keep people from being able to do it more than once on the same device. No e-mail addresses are collected in this process; it is totally confidential. All the answers come straight to Patron Insight, and the district will get a summary report.

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