Part of providing a future-ready, student-centered learning experience for every single child is envisioning what our schools and classrooms need to look like in five, 10 or 20 years.
Will our current spaces meet the future educational needs of our students?
With this in mind, Lakota’s strategic plan calls for an in-depth assessment of our facilities. Our end goal is to build a plan that protects our district’s most important physical assets and supports the type of learning that will carry our schools into the future.
A master facilities plan is much like a five-year financial forecast - it’s a current snapshot of a long-term blueprint. That's why a planning committee - made up of the school board members, VSWC Architects, an educational visioning expert and district leaders - started this process with an in-depth analysis of the current condition of Lakota buildings as well as a thorough examination of Lakota's current and projected enrollment. Of course, all of this must be reviewed with consideration toward the future of education and how to best serve our students.
The last time Lakota completed a modified MFP was in 2008. The last comprehensive plan was completed in the early 2000s.
Carrying an average age of 32 years, Lakota’s aging schools are showing some signs of deterioration and are not equipped to provide students with the learning spaces that match today’s educational model. Furthermore, Lakota's enrollment has already surpassed projections and continues to increase in the district’s northern schools, which are already becoming overcrowded.
The schools belong to our community, which is why we are committed to including their voices throughout this entire process. A combination of community meetings, focus groups and ThoughtExchanges will be used to share information and gather feedback at critical points throughout this process.
Check the MFP calendar for a complete list of upcoming community meetings and other ways to learn more and share your thoughts. You can also participate in any of our live ThoughtExchanges, a new online engagement tool we are using to regularly gather feedback and help prioritize what's important to our community.