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Nickerson-South Hutchinson Public School USD 309 school district retained the architectural firm of SJCF Architecture of Wichita, Kansas in January of 2018 to provide master planning services for the district. The purpose of a master plan is to develop an evolving, planning document which establishes a framework and key elements for facilities and campus locations. It must identify and address programmatic needs, establish priorities and a phasing plan, and forecast issues and costs associated with each individual project. Planning specific to the Nickerson-South Hutchinson school district involved developing and producing a 2018 master plan with new solutions to meet the district’s current educational vision for both the short and long term. In conjunction with the master plan, a plan for implementation was developed. Possible sources for funding projects include district capital outlay funds, grants, and bond issues.
The organizational structure used for the Master Plan study centered around the Community Steering Committee of 35 members. Additionally, the needs were developed and presented to them by the Education Specifications and Facilities Standards Teams. The School Planning Teams looked at how each individual school matched up to the Education Specifications, then developed and presented solution options to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee also divided up into six subcommittees to look at the specific functions of the District; the subcommittees were Finance, Demographics, Technology, Infrastructure, Transportation and Community. After review, discussing and narrowing down the many options to a few, the Steering Committee presented the Master Plan options it was considering to the USD 309 staff and community in nine different presentations, where the Steering Committee solicited and received feedback and discussion from the approximately 300 people in attendance.
Plan Options Considered by Committee