Facility Planning Meetings

Background Overview: Facility Planning

The initial stages of the Urbandale Community School District Facility Planning process began with research leading up to a Special Election in February 2015, where 80% of district residents made their voices heard by voting to pass the Physical Plant & Equipment Levy (PPEL). The PPEL will enable the district to remodel, build, update, and/or enhance buildings and facilities. Following the approval of the PPEL, Karen Acres Elementary was the first building to undergo facility improvements throughout the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years. In September 2016, Karen Acres Elementary held a ‘ribbon cutting’ ceremony to celebrate the completion of their new construction and remodel which included: reconfiguring the building to improve safety and security, remodeling classrooms to better support learning, and adding a new gymnasium.

From October 2016 through January 2017, the district conducted further research through an in-depth analysis of current data and information regarding the effectiveness and viability of our facilities. Part of this data analysis process involved a Qualified Learning Environment Outcomes (QLEO) Analysis through a partnership with BLDD Architects. A QLEO Analysis assessed the district’s existing physical and functional needs, visualized possible planning approaches, and completed a cost-benefit analysis. Through this analysis, we gained a deeper understanding for how our facilities are performing in regard to constraints and needs, educational programming, educational adequacy, functional needs and available resources, while also considering fiscal capacity, changing demographics and staff and parental input.

All Urbandale Community School District residents are invited to participate in a community planning process that will review existing facility usage data combined with best practices for creating 21st century learning environments in order to determine the most comprehensive plan for designing future ready schools throughout our district. We would like input from our students, staff, families, and community members in order to better understand the needs and expectations throughout our community—please plan on attending a meeting at your child’s school and the Community Engagement Sessions. Once feedback has been received, we’ll present prospective facility plans for public consideration.

Please review the updated UCSD Facility Planning Timeline for an overview of all meetings and activities taking place between February and July 2017 in support of facility planning.


Community Engagement Sessions

Plan on attending the following three Community Engagement Sessions:

Meeting #1: Discovery: Thursday, April 6, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Urbandale Middle School Commons (lunchroom) **Note: Location has changed to Urbandale Middle School**

Agendas: English Community Engagement Session 1 Discovery Agenda ; Spanish_Community Engagement Session 1 Discovery Agenda ; Bosnian_Community Engagement Session 1 Discovery Agenda

Presentation: UCSD Community Engagement Session 1 Discovery_4.06.17

Minutes: CES #1 Meeting Minutes 4.06.17

Meeting #2: Building Solutions: Thursday, May 18, 2017, at 6:30 p.m. at Urbandale High School Media Center (enter through Media Center doors)

Agendas: English_Community Engagement Session 2 Agenda May 18 2017Bosnian_Community Engagement Session 2 Agenda May 18 2017Spanish_Community Engagement Session 2 Agenda May 18 2017

Presentation: UCSD Community Engagement Session 2 Building Solutions_5.18.17

Meeting #3: Options Forum: Thursday, June 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Urbandale High School Media Center (enter through Media Center doors)


citizens’ leadership committee

The Citizens’ Leadership Committee is made up of Urbandale parents, staff, and community members who live in the Urbandale Community School District. The CLC has three main responsibilities:

  1. Meet together throughout the Facility Planning process to assess input from stakeholders and data collected at each building.
  2. Evaluate the data collected to determine if the existing facilities plan remains the strongest plan for the future or whether a stronger plan exists.
  3. Make facility planning recommendations to the Board of Education for Board consideration.

Please review the Detailed Role and Responsibilities of the CLC for more information about this important committee.

To become a committee member, individuals are required to attend as many school meetings, CLC meetings, and CES meetings as possible. The need to miss several meetings would not preclude you from becoming a member, but the more meetings CLC members attend the more continuity we’ll have throughout our feedback gathering, data analysis, and decision-making process.

CLC meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. at the Urbandale High School Media Center unless otherwise noted:

  • Meeting #1 February 16, 2017
  • Meeting #2 March 23, 2017
  • Meeting #3 April 20, 2017 (held at the Urbandale Administrative Office 11152 Aurora Ave)
  • Meeting #4 May 10, 2017 (held at the Urbandale Administrative Office 11152 Aurora Ave)
  • Meeting #5 May 23, 2017
  • Meeting #6 June 22, 2017
  • July 10, 2017: CLC Facility Plan recommendation to UCSD School Board.

If you would like to become a member of the Citizens’ Leadership Committee, please email Julie Mitchell by Monday, March 20, 2017. Thank you.


Previous School Meetings

Previous School Meeting Agendas & Presentations

Plan on attending a School Meeting at your child’s school:

Presentation: Rolling Green Facility Planning

Presentation: Webster Facility Planning


Presentation: Jensen Facility Planning

Presentation: Olmsted Facility Planning


Presentation:  Karen Acres Facility Planning

Presentation: Valerius Facility Planning