FACILITIES MASTER PLANNING: BACKGROUND
As part of its Strong Schools, Strong Communities 2.0 strategic plan, Saint Paul Public Schools conducted an extensive planning process to develop a 10-year Facilities Master Plan (FMP) to ensure school buildings are able to meet the 21st century learning needs of students. The district consists of 72 facilities, 7.3 million square feet of space, and 465 acres of land—a key component of proactively managing these assets is through the development of a FMP.
The Facilities Master Planning process took place from May 2014 to December 2015 through four distinct phases as outlined below.
Composed of key district and facility experts, the Steering Committee led the facilities planning process through all four planning phases while the Facilities Master Plan Committee (FMP-C) (60+ members) contributed multiple perspectives to the planning process to ensure a comprehensive master plan was developed. FMP Committee members were selected from a wide cross section of district leaders along with principals, teachers, parents, students, community members and key partners.
Through a series of workshops conducted during the first two phases of the planning process, the FMP-C identified baseline facility needs through the development of the FMP guiding documents: Vision, Principles and Standards. In turn, these document informed the district's criteria for prioritizing facility projects.
PHASE 1: Data collection and evaluation
This phase focused on gathering and analyzing key information and data that informed the FMP such as the district’s strategic plan goals, personalized learning framework, and technology plan; the city’s demographic trends; and student enrollment and building capacities.
PHASE 2: Establishing district-wide facility priorities and criteria
With the key data in hand from phase one, the second phase focused on determining the district’s large-scale system priorities for prioritizing facility improvement projects; identifying facility gaps and needs of each site; and determining the costs for site improvements.
PHASE 3: Developing site-base priorities and plans for all schools and other facilities (72 total)Based on the priorities and criteria set in phase two, the third phase engaged each school community to develop its own facilities plan for building improvements and modifications. In addition, the Steering Committee began the work of structuring a district facility governance committee to prioritize projects for funding. A copy of the phase 3 presentation (pdf) is available here.