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Master Facilities Plan Update
Through Cleveland’s local investment in quality schools, and with matching support from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), CMSD has built and substantially renovated more than 40 buildings since 2002. Since the most recent Master Plan was amended in 2014, work has progressed on seven PreK-8 buildings scheduled to open during the 2018-19 school year and two new high schools scheduled to open in 2020.
Earlier this year, the District decided to revisit the Master Plan in response to a recommendation of the Bond Accountability Commission (BAC) and because it had been six years since the District compiled data to amend the Master Plan adopted in 2014.
CMSD recently launched a process to update The Plan. Through this process the Master Plan will become the District’s “Long-Term School Plan” as the process will align academic and facilities decisionmaking in light of four key metrics:
- School Quality
- Enrollment and Choice Patterns
- Financial Stability
- Building Utilization, Condition and Costs
This process will include community engagement activities between October 2018 and March 2019. Citizens will be engaged in this work through phone conferences, surveys, small and large group meetings and a web-based portal focused on sharing and providing opportunities for feedback on these in uencing factors:
- Shifting neighborhood population levels–particularly housing trends and demographics of today’s and tomorrow’s children
- School enrollment patterns and projections
- Impact of school choice on enrollment levels in academic programs and buildings
- Concentrations of neighborhood investments and opportunities that create a rationale for where to integrate new, quality schools
- The District’s ability to leverage the State’s current level of matching funds for construction
- Understanding how best to utilize buildings and maintain quality programs in a manner that is nancially feasible and sustainable
Between now and December a team is engaging the community to:
- explain the planning process and opportunities for engagement and feedback.
- clarify questions about facts to be shared with the community in early 2019.
- gather additional facts to inform scenarios that align with community needs and priorities.
- identify opportunities to dramatically increase the number of students in high-quality schools.
- explain how the nancial sustainability of the District requires integrated decision-making.
Between January and March 2019 the process will consider facts and conditions to:
- create a collective understanding of the available facts, data and neighborhood conditions.
- inform the exploration of opportunities and scenarios to improve access to quality schools.
- enhance annual decision-making that ensures nancial sustainability across the District.
Between March and April 2019 the District will consider data, community input and financial considerations to:
- inform the Board’s adoption of an updated Long-Term School Plan.
- guide future investments in school buildings, academic programs and operations.