Facilities Planning ThoughtExchange - Your Input is Needed

  • The CCA School Board is seeking input from the community on some possible next steps for the district. You will be asked in the ThoughtExchange to “pick” which option is best for the Clear Creek Amana Community School District. Please know that the final action could be some hybrid of the options presented. The Board will use the data and “thoughts” from the Exchange to formulate the “best” possible plan moving forward.

    To gather your feedback, we're using a tool called Thoughtexchange. All of our voices matter, so your participation is crucial and valued.

    Click here to participate: https://my.thoughtexchange.com/#emjhkwhyjh

    You'll be asked to respond to one open-ended question, consider and assign stars to some of the ideas shared by others (20 to 30 is ideal), and learn what's important to the group.

    Your thoughts and stars are confidential. You can come back as often as you'd like to participate and, in fact, we ask that you do come back to star some of the new ideas shared since you first participated. The ratings will help us understand the most important areas to focus on for facilities planning.

    Participation will be open until January 16, 2020.
    Thank you in advance for your help and input.


    Materials presented at the Public Facilities Input Forum January 7, 2020.


     

Public Forum Recording 1-07-2020

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Option Pros and Deltas

  • Option A:

    Projects: 

    • New “Pod” Additions:
      • North Bend - 175 increased capacity ($7,000,000)
      • Oak Hill - 150 increased capacity ($4,500,000)
      • Tiffin Elementary - 150 increased capacity ($4,500,000)
    • New Fine Arts and CTE (industrial technology/agriculture) addition at CCAHS ($10,000,000)
    • New Fine Arts addition at CCAMS ($4,000,000)

    Pros:

    • Least amount of money needed for elementary capacity increase.
    • Provides flexibility.
    • Helps with current capacity issues.
    • Maintains current elementary attendance boundaries.

    Deltas:

    • Adding 6 classrooms may not be enough considering class section numbers at TE and NBE.
    • NBE and TE may have to stay as PK-3 configuration for a longer time.
    • May need to rethink PK placement.
    • Will need other facility upgrades to parking, lunch space, playgrounds, etc.
    • Specials (music, art, physical education) schedules will likely change.

     

    Option B

    Projects:

    • 10 classrooms at North Bend Elementary capacity of 250 (7,000,000)
    • New Elementary School, capacity of 600 ($25,000,000)
    • New Fine Arts and CTE addition at HS ($10,000,000)
    • New Fine Arts and CTE addition at MS ($4,000,000)

    Pros:

    • Possibility of low cost/free land with utilities.
    • Shift attendance lines helping reduce overcrowding from Tiffin Elementary, North Bend Elementary, and Oak Hill Elementary.
    • Potential for fewer students riding buses.
    • Allows the North Bend attendance area to be larger.

    Deltas:

    • Possibly leaves North Bend as a PK-3 facility. Dependent on elementary boundaries.
    • New elementary attendance boundaries need to be developed.

     

    Option C

    Projects:

    • New Elementary School, capacity of 600 ($25,000,000)
    • New Fine Arts and CTE addition at HS ($10,000,000)
    • New Fine Arts and CTE addition at MS ($4,000,000)

    Pros:

    • Possibility of low cost/free land with utilities.
    • Shift attendance lines helping reduce overcrowding from Tiffin Elementary, North Bend Elementary, and Oak Hill Elementary.
    • Potential for fewer students riding buses.

    Deltas:

    • Possibly leaves North Bend as a PK-3 facility. Dependent on elementary boundaries.
    • New elementary attendance boundaries need to be developed.

     

Facility Planning Process

History, Today, and Future Projections

  • History:

    In 2016 a facilities committee made recommendations to the Board of Education that resulted in a GO bond being passed that allowed the construction of Oak Hill Elementary; increased parking at the Middle and High Schools; security renovations at North Bend Elementary; security and office renovations at Amana Elementary; a new gymnasium, kitchen renovations, and security renovations at Clear Creek Elementary to open in 2020; and finally an academic addition at CCAHS to open in 2022.

    At that point there was also a suggestion to build a new high school facility to open in 2027.

    In light of the District’s restriction by the debt limit, building a new high school facility is not feasible. 

    The Board asked RSP and Associates to work with the administrative team and two Board members in the fall of 2019 to further develop a plan for next steps, including building out more additions on the current Middle School and High School over time.

    Finances:

    Current projections indicate that the district would be able to issue bonds up to $35,270 in FY 23, with a total capacity of up to $55,340 out through FY 25.  This would provide the District the fiscal resources needed to increase elementary capacity, 

    Enrollment trend:

    Projections indicate that Tiffin Elementary will be over instructional capacity by the 22-23 school year. With North Bend Elementary projected to exceed instructional capacity in 23-24. Total Elementary Enrollment is projected to reach District wide capacity by the 25-26 school year. (There would be space for approximately 250 students at Amana Elementary if that building was used to capacity.) When new facilities are added elementary attendance boundaries are reviewed and modified as needed to meet student needs.

    Keep in mind that we are looking to determine the “next steps” for the District as we meet the needs for our growing enrollment. Over time many projects will be needed. For instance, adding pods to NBE, TE, and OHE may be less expensive now, but they would likely not be needed at TE and OHE if an elementary building is built first.

Student Enrollment and Capacity

Facility Belief Statements and Guiding Principles

  • Facility Belief Statements

    1. Plan for additional elementary capacity by 2023 (can be additions and/or new facilities)
    2. Current elementary enrollment trends indicate in order to have adequate elementary capacity, it will require the district to have additional elementary space (moving students to other available elementary schools will not completely resolve elementary capacity need)
    3. The district will need to plan for additional student spaces (swimming pool, tennis courts, intramural activities, fine arts, baseball/softball complex, industrial technology, locker rooms, parking, and playgrounds)

    Guiding Principles for Options

    Ideal Elementary School capacity is 600 students

    • Amana Elementary can remain a smaller school
    • Clear Creek Elementary can remain a smaller school

    Ideal Middle School capacity is 900 to 1,200 students

    • 300 students per grade
    • Appropriate resources need to be added with larger number of students serviced
    • Options to address could result in an addition or new facility

    Ideal High School capacity is 1,200 to 1,800 students

    • 300 students per grade
    • Options to address could result in an addition or new facility
    • Appropriate resources need to be added with larger number of students serviced
    • The high school size will impact how to address middle school challenges

    Ideal Grade Configuration

    • Elementary Schools: K-5
    • Middle School: 6-8
    • High School: 9-12

    New spaces and/or new building considerations

    • New space needs to be flexible to adapt to future educational programming
    • Ideal size and/or grade configuration may have to change for some period of time to accommodate when space is available

    Funding timing must be considered in how to appropriately fund projects

    • There are other projects beyond additions and/or new space at existing schools