Nearly 100 people joined the St. Joseph School District on August 7, 2019 to provide feedback about the future of the district’s facilities.
Community members, students, and district employees attended focus group sessions at emPowerU in St. Joseph as part of the SJSD’s Master Facilities Planning process.
Participants reviewed six concepts, presented by DLR Group. The maps depicted a variety of possibilities for the potential make-up of district facilities.
DLR group gathered data this summer, which included capacity figures and the condition of each building. They used that information to help guide the design of the concepts.
Those involved in the focus groups evaluated each concept, then shared opportunities, challenges and the potential impact of each concept on the community.
The input gathered this week will be reviewed as the district considers all options for the most efficient mix of school facilities that will meet the current and future needs of students. DLR Group will share the feedback from the focus groups in a report to the Board of Education later this month.
Additional meetings will be available for the community and district employees to provide feedback as the long-range planning process continues.
At this point, no decisions have been made regarding any of the concepts, and future presentations will reflect feedback collected during the process.
Members of the media were in attendance. Below are links to two stories about the focus group discussions.