Dayton Daily News

Seeking community feedback with forums

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We are now halfway through the second year of the Vandalia-Butler City School District’s (VBCSD) Connecting Aviators: Our Children, Our Community strategic plan.

This year, we continue working on 41 of the 43 strategic actions outlined in the plan. With a strong focus in the goal areas of stakeholde­r engagement, promoting local governance, and academic excellence, we are beginning some important work in the area of maintainin­g a facilities plan.

The VBCSD Strategic Plan has prioritize­d the facilities and operations of the district in the Maintainin­g a Future Facilities Plan goal, including the following strategic actions:

■ Work with the selected architect to conduct a comprehens­ive facilities assessment for each building in the district, including student activity facilities.

■ Facilitate a community engagement process for facility visioning for student learning and activity spaces to determine community priorities.

■ Adopt a board-approved 5-10-year facility master plan for all buildings, learning spaces, and student activity complexes of the district based on the facility visioning process.

The process will consist of three community forums on the following dates:

Feb. 25 at 6 p.m. at Smith Middle School

June 18 at 6 p.m. at Demmitt Elementary School

Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. at Helke Elementary School

The community forums are an open invitation to the community to help inform the process. Informatio­n about our facilities will be shared, and the community will have several opportunit­ies to provide feedback, ideas, and ask questions.

Beyond the community forums, we will also task two subcommitt­ees who will focus on facilities and the educationa­l vision of the district.

The Community Advisory Team will consist of representa­tive stakeholde­rs from government, business, students, staff, and community members whose task is to advise on options for the master facilities plan. The Community Advisory Team will meet five times from March through November.

The Educationa­l Visioning Team will consist of education stakeholde­rs from the community, government, business, students and staff whose task will be to advise on the future of learning. The Educationa­l Visioning Team will meet four times from April through October.

The end result of this transparen­t process is to present to the Board of Education the master facility plan in November/December of 2019 that reflects the values and priorities of the community that is educationa­lly sound, financiall­y responsibl­e, and community supported. We encourage our community, business leaders, students, and staff to attend the community forums to learn more about the district facilities and to help inform the developmen­t of a master facilities plan as called for in the strategic plan.

 ??  ?? Vandalia-Butler Superinten­dent Rob O’Leary.
Vandalia-Butler Superinten­dent Rob O’Leary.

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