We are now halfway through the second year of the Vandalia-Butler City School District’s (VBCSD) Connecting Aviators: Our Children, Our Community strategic plan. This year, we continue working on 41 of the 43 strategic actions outlined in the plan. With a strong focus in the goal areas of stakeholder engagement, promoting local governance, and academic excellence, we are beginning some very important work in the area of maintaining a facilities plan.
The VBCSD Strategic Plan has prioritized the facilities and operations of the district in the Maintaining a Future Facilities Plan goal, including the following strategic actions:
- Work with the selected architect to conduct a comprehensive facilities assessment for each building in the district, including student activity facilities.
- Facilitate a community engagement process for facility visioning for student learning and activity spaces to determine community priorities.
- Adopt a board approved 5-10 year facility master plan for all buildings, learning spaces, and student activity complexes of the district based on the facility visioning process.
The process will consist of three community forums on the following dates:
February 25, 2019, at 6:00 PM at Smith Middle School
June 18, 2019, at 6:00 PM at Demmitt Elementary School
October 22, 2019, at 6:00 PM at Helke Elementary School
The community forums are an open invitation to the community to help inform the process. Information about our facilities will be shared, and the community will have several opportunities to provide feedback, ideas, and ask questions.
Beyond the community forums, we will also task two subcommittees who will focus on facilities and the educational vision of the district.
The Community Advisory Team will consist of representative stakeholders from government, business, students, staff, and community members whose task is to advise on options for the master facilities plan. The Community Advisory Team will meet five times from March through November of 2019.
The Educational Visioning Team will consist of education stakeholders from the community, government, business, students and staff whose task will be to advise on the future of learning. The Educational Visioning Team will meet four times from April through October of 2019.
The end result of this transparent process is to present to the Board of Education the master facility plan in November/December of 2019 that reflects the values and priorities of the community that is educationally sound, financially responsible, and community supported. We encourage our community, business leaders, students, and staff to attend the community forums to learn more about the district facilities and to help inform the development of a master facilities plan as called for in the strategic plan.