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Facilities Task Force
Due to increased enrollment projections, we believe the evidence supports building a new school or schools.
Posted on 04/10/2018
Facilities Task Force







Update from April 10, 2018:

Rochester Public Schools has been reviewing enrollment projections and building capacities throughout the past several years. Due to increased enrollment projections, we believe the evidence supports building a new school or schools. However, what the district will build (whether it be an elementary, middle, K-8, etc.) and the location in which we will build (North, East, South, West, etc.), needs to be researched before a recommendation can be made to the school board. Along with a recommendation on the facility type and location, Superintendent Muñoz will recommend that the district conduct a referendum campaign in order to secure funding for the facility/facilities. The superintendent will convene a Facilities Task Force to review data and provide input on both the facility type and location. 
    
The district’s goal was to convene a diverse group of stakeholders not to exceed the number of 20. However, we will be increasing this number to 30. 
    
The task force applications were open from March 24, 2018, through April 8, 2018 (closing at 12:01 am April 9, 2018). The district received more than 200 applications for the task force. The district is excited that there was such an interest in the task force. As a result, the district will be working with a consultant/facilitator to drive the selection process.
    
Our initial goal was to notify our applicants by mid-April regarding the task force membership. However, we now believe this will not occur until the end of April or early May as we plan to request a proposal for consultant/facilitators for this project. All applicants have received an email regarding the time shift. 
    
Members of the task force will be expected to meet a minimum of once a month between April/May and August/September 2018. 
   
The district looks forward to involving the applicants in various ways as we navigate this process. It is our goal to continue to involve and engage our community as we move through this process. 
    
We will communicate the next steps of the process to all applicants and provide further updates after a consultant/facilitator has been selected.

 



Rochester Public Schools has been reviewing enrollment projections and building capacities throughout the past several years. Due to increased enrollment projections, we believe the evidence supports building a new school or schools. However, what the district will build (whether it be an elementary, middle, K-8, etc) and the location in which we will build (North, East, South, West, etc), needs to be researched before a recommendation can be made to the school board. Along with a recommendation on the facility type and location, the superintendent will recommend that the district conduct a referendum campaign in order to secure funding for the facility/facilities.


To that end, Superintendent Munoz will convene a Facilities Task Force to review data and provide input on the facility type and location. It is the district’s goal to convene a diverse group of stakeholders not to exceed the number of 20. Members of the task force will be expected to meet a minimum of once a month between April and August 2018. If you would like to be considered for the Facilities Task Force, please complete the form by April 9, 2018. Membership will be selected to balance stakeholders from various groups (parents, students, community members, business owners/leaders, staff, government). Membership will be announced in early to middle of April.


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