FACT Team Meetings #5, #6, #7

FACT Team Meetings #5, #6, #7
Posted on 05/13/2021
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The FACT TEAM is charged with making recommendations to the West Allis-West Milwaukee Board of Education regarding the following two questions:

  1. How can schools be renovated and/or replaced and/or consolidated in ways that inspire and shape learning for the future?

  2. How can we do this in ways that are cost effective for our community?

MEETING 5:  APRIL 13, 2021  

Our District held its fifth FACT TEAM meeting on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  Over 50 representatives composed of parents, staff and community members were present on ZOOM.

The meeting, which was led by Bray Architects, CG Schmidt, and District leaders, began with a review of master plan framework parameters.  From there, results from Google Survey were reviewed followed by breakout group discussion. Based on survey results and breakout discussion related to grade configuration preference, direction was taken to remove two of the possible configurations from consideration. Also based on survey results and breakout discussion related to comprehensive high school pathways, both options will continue to be considered. Summary of direction taken from survey results below.

Grade Configuration Preference:

  • We will continue to consider the following grade configurations:

    • K4-5th / 6th-8th / 9th-12th

    • K4-8th / 9th-12th

  • We will no longer consider the following grade configurations:

    • K4-4th / 5th-8th / 9th-12th

    • K4-5th / 6th-12th (involves three or more high schools)

High School Pathways:

  • We will continue to explore both options:

    • Two comprehensive high schools serving 900 - 1,000 students per building and one small project-based learning high school.

    • One comprehensive high school serving 1,800 - 2,000 students per building and one small project-based learning high school.

After that, Bray Architects reviewed considerations for existing facility locations which will be used in upcoming meetings to help determine assignment of facilities to one or more pathways. Seven total considerations were explored for the seventeen existing school buildings (11 elementary, 3 intermediate, 2 comprehensive high schools, 1 project-based learning high school):

Site / Location Considerations:

  • Available area for building expansion/addition

  • Municipal considerations

  • CIP (capital improvement plan) cost relative to replacement cost

  • Classroom quantity

  • Building investment – recent additions/renovations

  • Building assets – fieldhouse, pool, or auditorium

  • Original building age

Summary information was also reviewed which tabulated all considerations and identified priority, neutral, and challenging sites. FACT TEAM members then moved into breakout groups to discuss site considerations and if any additional considerations should be explored in future meetings.

Next Steps
Prior to the next meeting on April 27, 2021, FACT TEAM members will review details from the remaining long-range facility pathways. On April 27, 2021, a panel of District staff members will provide information and answer questions related to one vs two comprehensive high schools. 
 
APRIL 13, 2021 - POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

MEETING 6:  APRIL 27, 2021  

Our District held its sixth FACT TEAM meeting on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.  Over 50 representatives composed of parents, staff and community members were present on ZOOM.
 
The meeting, which was led by Bray Architects, CG Schmidt, and District leaders, began with a review of master plan framework parameters. From there, a panel of District staff members presented information on how high school academic and co-curricular programming currently functions and what could be possible in a single comprehensive high school. 

Large group and breakout conversations were held prior to a question-and-answer session with all panel members. Panel topics and participating staff members are listed below.

High School Panel:

  • Course Offerings – Deidre Roemer, Director of Leadership and Learning & Aaron Norris, Manager of School Services

  • Sports – Justin Marien, Athletic Director West Allis Central High School

  • Theater – Jordan Pollard, Theater Director and Elementary Teacher

  • Music – Mary Pat Michels, Music and Orchestra Teacher

  • Career and Technical Education (CTE) – Steve Carr, Coordinator of CTE

  • How Does it Work? – Matt Lesar, Principal Nathan Hale High School & Jim Young, Assistant Principal West Allis Central High School

After that, Dr. Marty Lexmond presented how a district might transition from two comprehensive high schools to one over a multi-year period.  Prior to the next meeting on Saturday, May 8, 2021, FACT TEAM members will review details from the remaining long-range facility pathways. As part of the next meeting, members will tour both West Allis Central High School and Nathan Hale High School and review conceptual design plans and preliminary cost estimates for a possible single comprehensive high school.

APRIL 27, 2021 - POWERPOINT PRESENTATION

MEETING 7:  MAY 8, 2021  

Our District held a special Saturday conversation, its seventh FACT TEAM meeting, on Saturday, May 8, 2021.  Over 38 representatives composed of parents, staff and community members were present both in-person and on ZOOM.

The meeting, which was led by Bray Architects, CG Schmidt, and District leaders, began with a tour of the existing West Allis Central High School facility for those attending in-person. The following spaces were highlighted as part of the tour: fieldhouse, pool, cafeteria, library, core classrooms, science classrooms, F&CE classrooms, CTE/tech-ed classrooms, music classrooms, and auditorium.

From there, in-person attendees traveled to Nathan Hale High School and joined ZOOM attendees for a recap of master plan framework parameters and prior meetings. Bray Architects team members presented conceptual design plans for a single comprehensive high school and CG Schmidt team members presented multi-year phasing/transition plans related to the concept. Group discussion followed along with a question-and-answer session.

After that, in-person attendees went on a tour of the existing Nathan Hale High School facility which highlighted the same spaces as the earlier tour: gymnasium, pool, cafeteria, library, core classrooms, science classrooms, F&CE classrooms, CTE/tech-ed classrooms, music classrooms, and auditorium.

Next Steps
Prior to the next meeting on May 18, 2021, FACT TEAM members will review details from the remaining long-range facility pathways.  As part of the next meeting, members will continue discussing possible high school concepts and hear from a panel of elementary and intermediate school representatives. 
 
MAY 8, 2021 - POWERPOINT PRESENTATION