Jamestown Schools Holding Facility Needs Discussions in March
Posted by KSJB News on 3/14/2017 5:00:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN, ND (Amy Neustel)– Jamestown Public Schools (JPS) is examining the role its facilities play in educating students for 21st century careers – many of which do not even exist yet. Many systems in JPS buildings are nearing the end of their life, and it is necessary to consider the best options for repair or replacement. Community input in this examination has been critical and will be further sought in the coming weeks, including through listening forums, focus groups, and general comments.

Since May 2016, JPS has undertaken the following:

·  Retained independent consultants to review the expected life of our facilities and recommend a 10-year capital maintenance plan, a summary of which was presented to the School Board in July;

·  Gathered perspectives from staff through an electronic survey related to current instructional needs and the ability of our facilities to meet those needs;

·  Launched a Citizen’s Facilities Steering Committee including school board members, the school leadership team, staff representatives, community leaders and our consultants DLR Group, PFM Financial Advisors, and Consolidated Construction Company;

·   Provided school tours at Lincoln / Transition House, Gussner, Roosevelt, Louis L’Amour, the High School, Jamestown North, James Valley Career and Tech Center, the Middle School, and Washington; and

·   Received preliminary updated enrollment projections from RSP & Associates, indicating continued growth in enrollment. (RSP will present their detailed findings at our School Board meeting on March 20, 2017).

Throughout March, JPS is holding facility needs discussion with staff, including a review of the survey taken last May.

JPS invites the local community to join the discussion about our public school system, share your vision for our future and what our students need to succeed in the 21st Century, and how facilities play a role in this evolution. All are welcome to attend the Citizen’s Steering Committee meetings, participate in the focus groups, or simply contact JPS at your convenience. Updates on progress will be provided regularly to local media, posted on the JPS website, provided through the Jamestown School District App, school newsletters, and on social media.

For more information, visit www.jamestown.k12.nd.us/.

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