About the Facilities Master Planning Process
The call for launching a facilities master planning process came from a group of community volunteers during the 2014 strategic planning process. This group, known as the Productivity and Efficiency Work Group, was composed of residents with expertise in various areas of business and financial management.
The group was tasked with studying the efficiency and productivity of the district. These volunteers identified the cost of maintaining the district’s aging school buildings as their biggest concern.
In a briefing paper summarizing its findings, the group reported:
Findings: The district’s buildings have a cumulative appraised value of more than $150 million, but they are averaging 60 years of age and are currently maintained on a year-by-year basis. The work team feels that the district should take a more proactive approach to allow for future efficiencies and long-term planning. The group identified significant deficiencies with deferred maintenance items and a limited capacity for flexibility in district buildings.
Recommendation: There will be a need for future capital to meet these needs, and the team strongly recommends that the district engage the community to help develop a master plan for its facilities as soon as possible. This plan must ensure that the district’s facilities not only remain safe, dry and secure, but also support the educational and instructional needs of current and future generations of Upper Arlington students and staff… the team feels this area of focus is essential to the long-term financial health of the district. This is the team’s main area of concern and it recommends an all-encompassing approach, including employing a comprehensive analysis model to ensure the district is maximizing the tax dollars spent on facilities today and tomorrow.
The Upper Arlington Board of Education agreed with the group’s findings on facilities and quickly began incorporating its recommendation into the district’s 2015-2018 Strategic Plan, which was finalized in December 2014.
Two months later, the district officially launched the facilities master planning process at the first annual State of the Schools event. To read more about what happened during each phase of the process, please visit the Facilities Master Planning homepage.