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2018 Facilities Master Planning

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    During the spring of 2018, Fort Bend ISD engaged with the community as it worked to update the District’s Facilities Master Plan and ensure that the District is providing the best learning environments, valuable opportunities and access to programs in accordance with the Board-adopted Profile of a Graduate. During the spring of 2018, a Facilities Steering Committee made up of a broad, cross section of community members and District staff met to discuss facilities assessment data, student enrollment projections and community feedback to develop options and recommendations regarding utilization of District facilities, continuing the Facilities Master Planning process that first began in 2013. Ultimately, the updated Facilities Master Plan will inform the development of the District Capital Plan.

    Steering Committee meetings were open for the public to attend and observe the process, and as the work of the Facilities Steering Committee progressed, the District held several community meetings in February and April to gain additional feedback.

     

    May 14, 2018 Update

    During the Regular Board meeting on Monday, May 14, the Fort Bend ISD administration presented its recommendations to the Board of Trustees. During the meeting, Board members took action on several of the recommendations, modified others and requested additional information on programming changes related to facilities use.

     Actions taken May 14 include recommended construction of:

    • Six elementary schools, including two rebuilds
      • New school to relieve overcrowding in schools that serve the Riverstone community. (If land in this area cannot be identified and purchased, it is recommended that classroom additions be constructed at Austin Parkway Elementary, Commonwealth Elementary and Settlers Way Elementary.)
      • Reconstruction of Lakeview Elementary
      • Reconstruction of Meadows Elementary
      • New school along Lake Olympia Parkway/Fort Bend Toll Road corridor
      • Two new schools in Ridge Point/Sienna Plantation area
    • One new middle school to serve students in the Hightower and/or Ridge Point High School areas
    • Classroom additions at three elementary schools and one middle school:
      • Neill Elementary
      • Madden Elementary
      • Elementary School 51 (located in Aliana community, expansion during construction)
      • Fort Settlement Middle School
    • Land for a future high school in the Sienna Plantation community
      • To address projected overcrowding at Ridge Point High School in the next few years, the Board conceptually supports rezoning and has asked the administration to bring an implementation plan forward regarding flexible scheduling and the impact it will have on students who may need to be rezoned in the future. It is important to note there will be no rezoning for the 2018-19 school year and boundary changes would include community engagement in accordance with Board Policy FC Local.

    Additionally, the Board of Trustees tabled several recommendations related to programming, and requested additional information from the administration regarding these plans:

    • Plans to implement innovative instructional program at elementary schools within the Marshall High School and Willowridge High School feeder patterns to expand choice opportunities for students and improve outcomes. Currently, overall utilization of these schools is low.
    • Plans to implement innovative instructional programming at Hightower, Marshall and Willowridge High Schools to expand choice opportunities for students and improve student outcomes. Currently, utilization of these schools is imbalanced, especially as compared to Ridge Point High School.

     

    Following these discussions, the administration will present more information about these plans in the future.

    To review the video of the discussions and actions, visit the Board of Trustees website.

    Following the Facilities Master Planning Process, FBISD will now continue planning for a possible 2018 bond referendum to fund the construction projects noted above. The Bond Oversight Committee will be meeting over the next few months to determine the needs of the District and possibly develop a recommendation to the Board.


     

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