Master Facility Planning
Concept Testing Underway
Families and community members are welcome to attend any one of the Concept Testing sessions listed above.
Each session typically lasts 1.5 hours. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in a brief survey with a smartphone or wifi device.
Sessions held at our schools will include an optional tour of the facility following the survey.
Cost estimates shown below are tentative. Further in-depth analysis is needed.
The district is currently holding Concept Test sessions to gain community input about the three options being considered. SHP and the Steering Committee plan to have a recommendation to present to the Board of Education by March 2019.
How We Began
Sycamore Community Schools is making plans to enhance our 21st-century learning environments for current students and future generations. The district is developing a Master Facility Plan that includes feedback from students, families, staff, and the community.
Master facility plans are typically informed by enrollment projections, facility assessments, and operational realities. While the district is taking these factors into account, Sycamore Schools recognizes that a complete master plan should also anticipate the emerging educational needs of its students and staff.
In 2016, the district embarked on a multi-phase process that includes assessment, community engagement, and educational visioning. A Master Facility Steering Committee, comprised of district administrators and Board members, was established to guide the process.
Phase I: Districtwide Facilities Assessment
Phase I began with a district-wide facilities assessment. A team of experts was brought in to evaluate all buildings, examining the architectural and structural condition as well as the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing. The most urgent facility and operational needs were identified and addressed. From this thorough assessment, the district was given an in-depth analysis of the costs to renovate compared to the cost to build a new facility.
See the Facilities Assessment Report below for more information. To view the assessment in its entirety, click here.
Phase II: Community Engagement
During the Fall of 2017, the Board of Education hired SHP Leading Design to assist Sycamore Schools in developing a conceptual master plan that is cost-effective and meets the long-term educational needs of the district. The firm was selected after district officials interviewed several strong teams of design officials. Leading the project for SHP Leading Design is Charlie Jahnigen, a 1995 Sycamore graduate.
The district began receiving input from students, staff, and families in January 2018 as Phase II of the process. The information gathered in Phase I was presented as part of the Community Engagement phase. Community members will have the opportunity over the coming months to actively participate in helping decide the future of the district’s facilities. The district held 20 community meetings, small group gatherings through the Spring of 2018. Over 347 respondents provided feedback. This feedback provided will be a crucial component in the decision-making process as to whether the district renovates or replaces any of its facilities.
If you were not able to attend one of our Spring sessions, you can still see the presentation by watching the video below. We have also included a report on the feedback received below.
WATCH: May 1 Community Engagement Session
Phase II: Educational Visioning
During the Spring of 2018, the district also engaged the community in educational visioning to understand the shifts occurring in education and determine the impact on the future of our schools. This process will clarify what Sycamore Schools should look like in the future and to articulate how updated facilities could support that transformation.