In 2011, the Board of Education adopted a Master Facilities Plan (MFP). Its purpose was to guide over the course of several years the construction and renovation that would be needed to support the District’s educational mission. Phase I of that plan was largely completed in 2012.
In December 2014, the HTHSD 86 Board of Education gave to a Steering Committee the charge of updating the original MFP. This Steering Committee was composed of parents, community members, teachers, Board members and administrators. The charge to the Committee was to evaluate and update the MFP by function in light of current needs and the District’s educational mission.
Specific goals for the MFP update included the following:
- Update the priorities and clarify the components of the current Master Plan Report considering any changes in curriculum, enrollment, or other parameters since the completion of the January 2011 Master Facilities Plan
- Provide an opportunity for widespread community and stakeholder engagement
- Clearly articulate facility-related deficiencies in the areas of academic program support, infrastructure, code compliance, security and safety, operations efficiency, and community use opportunities
- Identify a list of MFP components prioritized by, and aligned with, the District’s educational mission
- Dovetail the prioritized component list from the MFP with HTHSD 86’s live 10-year capital projects program, by identifying discrete, buildable projects, their relation to other MFP components, and any associated phasing.
Nearly 140 people consisting of students, parents, community members, District 86 staff, and Board members, who met in over 95 meetings across 15 focus areas for eight months. A significant investment of time and effort on the part of all participants, the District, and organizers, resulted in the highly detailed Master Facilities Plan and Functional Team reports.
In September 2015, the Steering Committee presented to the Board a final report that integrated all of the detailed work in the 15 Functional Team reports. The Board then began prioritizing projects based on the recommendations from the Steering Committee.
In January 2016, the Board approved the updated Master Facilities Plan.