Jesup CSD seeks input on long-range facility planning
By Superintendent Nathan Marting

The Jesup School Board this fall has hired OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids to conduct a Long Range Facility Planning Study for the school district. Our school district completed a similar study back in 2011 and the process provided great guidance in conducting much of the facility work since then. We have now come back to a point where it is time to extend our facility planning into the next 10+ years.

The team from OPN and their partnering company on this project, MODUS Engineering have been on site surveying and assessing our current facilities and grounds in addition to some preliminary meetings with the school board and steering committee. Over the next couple of months, we will be seeking input from various groups in order to provide the most comprehensive plan allowing us to move forward to meeting the facility needs of our students and community.

The first information gathering will take place during the school day on Thursday, November 7 for faculty, staff, and students. Members of OPN will be housed in the PK-8 Media Center from 8:15 a.m. -3:15 p.m. to receive input from faculty and staff. A group of high school and middle school students will be invited in during JAY time and homeroom in order to provide student feedback as well. This is a great opportunity to provide feedback as part of the process on needs/wants/hopes that staff and students may have for our school facilities.

On the evening of Thursday, November 7 from 4:30 -7:30 p.m. the OPN team will be available for community input during an open house during our second night of Parent/Teacher Conferences. Members of the Jesup Student Council will be present during this time to give walking tours of the buildings for those interested in seeing a “behind the scenes” look at our facilities. Whether members of the community choose to take part in the tour or not, OPN representatives will be available in the PK-8th Grade Media Center during this time to receive feedback from parents and community members in attendance. We strongly encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity in order to develop the most comprehensive final plan as possible.

Lastly, on Wednesday, December 4 at 6 p.m., the district will convene a representative group of community stakeholders to serve on a Facility Advisory Committee in order to review information collected during the site assessment, feedback gathered from faculty, staff, and students, and provide additional input to finalize the plan. The Facility Advisory Committee will be composed of teachers, coaches, parents, students, administrators, community members, business representatives, and school board members. The Jesup School Board and Administrative Team have assembled a wide variety of members to invite to serve on this committee and will be contacting them shortly.

This is all a very exciting time for the Jesup Community School District and we look forward to receiving your input in order to continue to improve our school.
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