The 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.
The PFS Committee will provide updates/discussion at the following Board of Education to keep the community up-to-date on discussions.
• March 27, 6:30PM, City Hall
• April 10, 6:30PM, City Hall. Click HERE for update.
• April 24, 6:30PM, City Hall. Click HERE for update.
• June 12, 6:30PM, City Hall
View the slideshow to see images and captions showing areas of concern at our facilities. Note: For optimal viewing, watch on a standard computer screen or click HERE.
• Do you have questions about the Facilities Master Plan proposal? Click HERE to access a Frequently Asked Questions resource document. If you have a question not answered please email QandA@usd260.com.
• Process for Success Facilities Master Plan Study Timeline. Derby Public Schools has conducted their facilities master planning through Process for Success committee meetings, which have been facilitated by SJCF Architecture. Subcommittees consisting of 11-30 members each (parents, staff, community and Board of Education members) met throughout the process starting in Spring 2016 to assess the elementary, middle-level, high school and non-student support facilities (transportation, Educational Support Center, Administrative Center, etc.). Each subcommittee’s report was then presented to the Steering Committee, which consists of over 30 individuals including parents, staff members, community members, local government and business leaders, school administrators, and Board of Education members. The Steering Committee considers the subcommittee reports, the previous facilities master plan, current infrastructure report, and demographic reports which outline current and projected future enrollment trends. Facility project challenges along with solutions are then prioritized for an initial presentation to the Board of Education, which took place on December 12, 2016. The next stage in the facilities master planning process involves gathering community, parent and staff input on the presentation that was made to the Board. After the Steering Committee reconvenes to discuss community feedback, another presentation will be given to the Board of Education in June 2017 for discussion purposes. After that meeting, the Board will decide what direction the facilities master plan will go. It is important to note that no action can be taken without the Board of Education voting. Options for the BOE:
- Accept the plan but take no immediate action
- Accept the plan and take action to use current district funds for limited improvements
- Accept the plan and determine that a bond election would be required to fund the projects
- Ask the Process for Success Steering Committee to go back and do additional work/research