In January the District held two community focus group meetings, presented information to over 30 community groups across the District seeking feedback to be used in the development of the upcoming Community Survey.
In May a Community-wide survey, asking a variety of questions related to different options for future facility improvements, was sent out to every home in the District. With over 6,500 responses, the results showed that 58% of the community supported the District bringing forward a plan to upgrade our existing facilities.
In October, the District hired Bray Architects and construction manager J.H. Findorff & Son in preparation for upcoming focus groups and a community-wide survey. In November the District and Bray Architects conducted educational visioning sessions with middle school staff members and Kindergarten through 8th Grade STEM staff members to better understand how upgraded facilities could enhance the way curriculum is delivered.
A district-wide facilities assessment was completed. This report identified needs of varying significance in these areas: educational, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), building systems (plumbing, HVAC, electrical, etc.) and roofing. In July and November the district also completed two separate enrollment projection studies.
The last major facilities investment made by the District was for $24.4 million, approved through a referendum in April of 2001. This funded maintenance upgrades across the district, including additions at Waukesha South High School, Waukesha North High School and Prairie Elementary.