We meet in the Mellon Building, 703 S. New St. (next to South Side Elementary School) at 5:30pm, with the Open Session beginning closer to 6:00pm. Members of the public are welcome to observe, and to address the Board (for up to 3 minutes) during the designated public comment period. You can find the meeting agenda here. (Be sure to click on each agenda item to bring up additional information or description, including any attached documents.)
We are scheduled to vote on an agreement with Educational Collaborators to carry out a Strategic Plan for Technology Development in the district (as initially approved on 11/16/15), to be paid for from our Educational Technology fund. We continue to believe that Unit 4 should implement and develop new technologies in a deliberate and informed manner, and this agreement should put some expert guidance in place.
I point this agreement out here because it is likely to be overshadowed by several significant developments in our ongoing comprehensive review and planning process for long-term facility needs:
- Update on Phase 1 of the district's new Transportation Facility, by Matt Foster (with drawings from the DLR Group and schematic design estimates from O'Shea Builders)
- Vote to create the Special Board Committee to Develop Facility Plans (final proposal, incorporating feedback from 1/11/16)
- Resolutions to hire Perkins+Will and IGW Architecture (architectural services) and O'Shea Builders (construction management services) to assist the district during the pre-referendum stage of facility planning (based on two rounds of interviews/presentations in December and January with committees composed of administrators, staff, and two Board members)
District administration believes that acquiring these options will help put the expansion of the existing Central High School site on the table as a viable choice. Acquiring options enables public conversation to move forward with a clearer understanding of the costs and benefits associated with the plans under discussion, before the Board makes final purchases.
Remember that by clicking on each item on the agenda, you can view more specific details about any or all of these proposals. Please join us on Monday!