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Community Facility Planning: Next Steps Following 7/10 Board Meeting

To help keep families, staff, and community members informed, please see below for next steps in our community facility planning process following the July 10th School Board meeting.

During the July 10th School Board meeting, members of the Citizens’ Leadership Committee presented a recommendation for the Board to consider moving forward with ‘scenario 3’ as it received the strongest quantitative and qualitative community support across multiple community engagement meetings. As a reminder, ‘scenario 3’ consists of the construction of two new 4-section elementary schools (where the current Olmsted and Valerius schools are located) with pre-k located at all four elementary buildings, the retirement of Jensen, Olmsted, Rolling Green and Valerius, and provides resources for completion of work at the middle school and high school—including the construction of a wellness center. (The year-round school would eventually be located at Karen Acres.) In order to move forward with this recommendation, it would ultimately take public approval of a referendum. Please review the entire presentation here for more information about the recommendation.

Upon receiving the recommendation, the School Board decided to conduct a due diligence process with the goal of confirming specific answers to questions in order for the Board to consider making a motion to vote on moving forward, or not, with the recommendation during the August Board Meeting. This due diligence process will occur over the next month and will consist of the following three meetings:

  1. 9:30 a.m. Monday, July 17, 2017: Financial discussion with Piper Jaffray. Located at the UCSD Administrative Office, 11152 Aurora Avenue.
  2. 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 31, 2017: Special Session Board Meeting to provide answers to questions posed by the Board following the July 10 Board meeting. Located at the Urbandale High School Media Center (enter through media center doors).
    Director Questions July 2017
    FAQs_July 2017
  3. 6:30 p.m. Monday, August 14, 2017: Regularly scheduled School Board meeting at which time the Board may choose to make a motion to vote on the facility plan recommendation. Located at Urbandale City Hall.

All three meetings are open to the public and we encourage you to attend as a way to learn more about the recommendation for our facilities and perhaps learn answers to questions that you may have as well. These meetings are an important part of this process and we commend the Board on their leadership and determination for ensuring our district implements the strongest plan for our schools.