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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.

School Meetings

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

  • Monday, February 27, 2017
    • Rolling Green Elementary at 5:30pm
    • Webster Elementary at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 2, 2017
    • Jensen Elementary at 5:30pm
    • Olmsted Elementary at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 9, 2017
    • Karen Acres Elementaryat 5:30pm
    • Valerius Elementary at 7:00pm
  • Thursday, March 23, 2017
    • UMS & UHS (combined)
      Urbandale High School Media Center at 5:30pm

 


 

Community Engagement Sessions

Plan on attending the following Community Engagement Sessions; all are located at the Urbandale High School Media Center and begin at 6:30pm.

  1. Discovery: Thursday, April 6, 2017
  2. Building Solutions: Thursday, May 18, 2017
  3. Options Forum: Thursday, June 8, 2017

Please review our Urbandale CSD_Facility Planning Meetings flyer for a 1-page overview of all meeting dates. 

As we move through this important Facility Planning 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.