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Facility Planning

Phase 1: The initial stages of the Urbandale Community School District Facility Planning process began with extensive 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 in order to provide students a safe, functional, and innovative learning environment that supports the needs of 21st century learners.

Phase 2: Karen Acres Elementary was the first building to undergo facility improvements throughout the 2015-16 school year and summer. We are proud to share that on September 12, 2016, Karen Acres Elementary will hold 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. These significant improvements will positively impact students and educators on a daily basis.

Phase 3: As we continue moving forward in our Facility Planning process we will be collecting current data and information regarding the effectiveness and viability of our facilities in order to determine the best direction for implementing future improvements. By taking an in-depth look at our current facilities, we will gain valuable information for how they 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.

To support this data collection and assessment process, the Board of Directors approved conducting a Qualified Learning Environment Outcomes (QLEO) Analysis through a partnership with BLDD Architects. A QLEO Analysis will assess the district’s existing physical and functional needs, visualize possible planning approaches, and complete a cost-benefit analysis enabling our district to better understand the comparative performance of prospective facility plans that will then be presented for consideration by district residents.

QLEO Analysis Timeline & Associated Tasks

Aug.–Sept. 2016
Physical/Educational needs assessment. Review physical needs with staff. Meet with Administration to assess buildings for Educational Adequacy.

September 2016
Findings will be presented to the Board of Directors.

Sept.–Dec. 2016
Board of Directors and Administrative Team will review findings in order to develop facility planning approaches for public consideration.

As we move through this important data-gathering and analysis process, we do so with one clear aim: to develop learning environments that support student achievement and success now and in the future. We thank you for your support of our students, educators, and schools.