“How long has the Facilities Committee been looking at the District’s facilities needs and the issues at HMS?”
The Facilities Committee formed in October 2013 to assist in the prioritization of current building needs and the development of a multi-year Facilities Master Plan. The committee includes staff, parents, residents, and Board members who bring a high level of education and experience in areas such as architecture, engineering, education, and site development, as well as knowledge of our community. One of the committee’s first tasks was working with the Board, administration, and architect of record in planning for the completion of an Educational Adequacy Analysis (EAA) for the District’s two middle schools. Committee members recognized the significant facility issues at HMS and the need to gather data on specific building needs. (An EAA looks at building and site deficiencies, potential future expansion opportunities, demographic and educational trends, and space as it relates to educational programming, among other components.) The committee’s work with the EAA and other benchmarking and data measures continued through the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years. Their input has been instrumental in drafting the District’s first all-school Facilities Master Plan in more than 15 years. The Facilities Committee became a Board Committee in 2015-16 and continues to meet regularly to provide guidance, input, and expertise in facilities-related issues in the District. They have been deeply invested in considering the needs, and potential solutions for HMS, for more than two years.