Master Facility Plan Survey – Community Input Heard

I want to thank the more than 800 people who participated in the latest Master Facility Plan (MFP) online survey. I am encouraged by the interest and engagement in this critical planning process.

As a district, the community’s input is vital in planning short, medium, and long-term goals. We are one school community; charting the future requires everyone has a voice.  The latest survey identified a couple of essential values for the district.

1) Our community values neighborhood elementary schools and campuses. The K-5 grade level configuration is preferred.

2) Our community is proud of our sixth-grade buildings; we must continue this configuration. A future consideration is a third sixth-grade building.

3) We must be mindful of tax increases; our community is very concerned about residential property taxes.

4) There is little interest in changing elementary grade-level configurations.

The committee’s work has also identified the need for equality in our district programming.  This includes creating all-day kindergarten opportunities for all our students and expanding district pre-school capacity to serve more three and four-year-old children.

The Master Facility Plan Committee will be presenting findings to the Board at the March Work Session. The Board will consider the results and potential levy options, and the district will conduct a scientific opinion survey before making a decision. This process will determine the short-term facility needs.

I want to assure you, our community, that no decisions have been made. This is a lengthy process with many opportunities for input and discussion. The district’s middle- and long-term needs will be ongoing conversations. The Next X Strategic Plan outlined potential schedule changes at the secondary level; the needs of future students are ever-changing.

Again, we thank everyone who has participated in the Master Facility Plan over the past several months. We have detailed data on the cost to maintain each building, on enrollment projections, and optimal learning spaces. We will continue to be open and transparent as we plan for Hilliard to have the most cost-effective, efficient facilities to prepare each student to be Ready for Tomorrow.