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In 2016, YSSD commissioned a Facility Study to provide the District guidance on how best to manage its facilities for the foreseeable future. Some recent changes in intended uses of undeveloped property in the western part of the District prompted the Board to commission a revision to that study as it anticipates growing enrollment. The information provided below begins the conversation about how best to meet the future needs of the District and its students.
February 2019 - Enrollment Projections: When trying to determine future needs, a district must first determine future student populations. YSSD recently performed an internal enrollment projection and also commissioned an external, third-party enrollment projection. The District also considered the Pennsylvania Department of Education's (PDE) enrollment projections. The three different reports may be found here:
February/March 2019 - Facility Study: At the February 6, 2019 Facilities Committee Meeting, Gilbert Architects unveiled the first draft of the revised facility study. A revised version was discussed at a follow-up special board meeting on March 11, 2019. A final daft is due in the March/April time frame:
- Presentation of First Draft: Gilbert Architects made this presentation at the February 6, 2019 Facilities Committee Meeting. Gilbert updated the study from 2016 and noted areas where the District would have to make changes to accommodate expected growth in all of the District's buildings. The study determined that each building would need additions/renovations to meet increased enrollment needs and/or outdated infrastructure. Gilbert also presented four additional options for the district to consider as it begins the long process toward accommodating District needs.
- Presentation for Revised Draft: On March 11, 2019, Gilbert Architects delivered this presentation as a starting point for discussions about how to handle future growth and to narrow down the options for consideration. An audio recording of that meeting is available. The minutes are also available.
- Final Draft: March/April of 2019, Gilbert is scheduled to deliver a final draft of the 2019 Facility Study.
April 3, 2019 - Facilities Committee Meeting: There were two presentations at this meeting. One about the more immediate physical plant needs across the District and the other about the educational program needs relative to any changes in facilities. They are linked here:
May 8, 2019 - Facilities Committee Meeting: During this meeting the Administration presented a Conceptual Framework for addressing the projected growing enrollment. The Administration recommends consideration of the framework as an alternative to the options in the Facilities Study above. The proposal takes into consideration the instructional environment and addresses future fiscal concerns. The Facilities Committee provided consent to continue exploring this option by engaging Gilbert Architects who will provide cost estimates for this conceptual framework.
June 10, 2019 - Finance Committee Meeting: Gilbert Architects presented the physical and financial considerations for the Conceptual Framework from the May 8th meeting. The presentation outlines how the buildings would be modified for the Conceptual Framework and the costs involved as compared to Option 1 from March 11th.
July 10, 2019 - The Finance and Facilities Committees held a combined meeting to discuss the information presented at the June 10th meeting. The Board asked the Administration to prepare information that showed the impact of the projected enrollment numbers on future personnel needs.
July 15 - Board Meeting: During the Superintendent's Report, Dr. Williams provided the information requested from the July 10 meeting.
Future Conversations: The District's Facilities Committee and the Board will use this information to make future determinations about how best to proceed with addressing District growth. All conversations will take place at regular Board meetings, Facilities Committee meetings, and/or specially scheduled Board meetings.