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Site Investigation Team Timeline

May 8, 2013                Webinar - Challenges to School Site Selection


May 22, 2013              Community Meeting on School Siting



May 23, 2013              School Siting – Community Planning Scorecard



May 28, 2013              Special Board Meeting



June 4-6, 2013           Interviews with Stakeholders - Completed


Kristen Lundgren, United Way, will facilitate the process of reaching out to stakeholders to gather feedback regarding the middle school siting process.


Interview will take place at the Lincoln Center on the following dates and Times:

      June 4 – 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.         June 6 – 7:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.


June 11, 2013            Georgia Conservancy Workshops – Lincoln Center – 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Completed


The construction of new schools, as well as decisions regarding the closing of existing schools, influences the health, economic well-being, and the quality of life for the entire community.  By taking into account the special vulnerabilities of children and their health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), working with a team of experts, released in October 2011 the School Siting Guidelines.  The School Siting Guidelines is an educational tool to assist local school districts and community members in evaluating health and environmental factors to make the best possible school siting decisions.


After the Guidelines were released, three Georgia non-profit organizations – The Georgia Conservancy, U.S. Green Building Council, Georgia Chapter, and Mothers & Others for Clean Air – recognized that school siting decision-makers may need training on the guidelines and a hands-on way of applying the principles of the guidelines to real-world situations.  In 2012, the team developed a training program based on the School Siting Guidelines called, “Old School, New School, This Place, That Place” to guide school board members, administrators and personnel, planners, and other decision-makers through the children’s health and environmental impacts that should be considered when making difficult decisions regarding school siting, school closure, or school renovations.


                                    Lunch  - 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


                                    Site Investigation Team Meeting – Establish Criteria for Site Selection - Completed

                                                Lincoln Center  - 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.


The Site Investigation Team meeting will start with a brief overview of the Facilities Master Plan, a summary of the accreditation and capacity problems and a look at potential sites.


Site Investigation Team members will review criteria for middle school site selection.


June 20-28, 2013       Survey Monkey and Development of FAQ on Siting


We are developing an electronic survey related to the school siting process that is intended to gather thoughts, comments, and concerns from our parents, students, staff and community.  In addition to gathering input, we will use the survey to develop a list of Frequently Asked Questions that will be available to the public through various means including on our district website.  The survey is expected to be released in mid-June.


June 19, 2013            Public Meeting – Siting Process  - Completed

                                                Sandstone Elementary School  –  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


A brief overview of the Facilities Master Plan and a summary of the accreditation and capacity problems facing School District #2 will be discussed.


The site selection criteria, process and potential sites will be discussed.


June 20, 2013            Public Meeting – Siting ProcessCompleted

                                                Boulder Elementary School  –  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


A brief overview of the Facilities Master Plan and a summary of the accreditation and capacity problems facing School District #2 will be discussed.


The site selection criteria, process and potential sites will be discussed.



July 1, 2013               Final Site Investigation Team Meeting – Prioritize Sites – Completed

                                                Lincoln Center  –  8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


The Site Investigation Team members will prioritize the possible site options for the two middle schools.  Their work will provide the School District #2 Board with a number of suitable sites for them to make their selection.  Site visitations will be included.


Date TBD                    Trustees Visit Recommended Middle School Sites


July 15, 2013             Regular Board Meeting – Vote on Site Selections

                                                Lincoln Center  - 5:30 p.m.


July 15, 2013             5 Year Timeline for Budget Operational Projections

Site Investigation Team Members

Park & Rec – Mike Whitaker                                                  City-County Planning – Candi Beaudry

Public Works – Chris Hertz                                                      Transportation – Scott Walker

MET Transit – Debra Hagel                                                     Housing Authority – Lucy Brown

BPS – Lew Anderson                                                                BPS – Terry Bouck

BPS – Kathy Olson                                                                  BPS – Brenda Koch

First Student – Sondra Baker                                                    O2 – Kim Olsen

BEF – Krista Hertz                                                                  Trustee – Greta Besch Moen

Trustee – Kathy Aragon                                                           Principal – Shaun Harrington                                      

United Way – Kristin Lundgren                                               BPS/EPA – Jeana Lervick

Riverstone Health – Allyssa Auvuinen                                     Sanderson & Stewart – Mike Sanderson                                   

Planning for Schools and Livable Communities – The Oregon School Siting Book

We’ve included the link for The Oregon School Siting Book for your reference.  It speaks to partnership building, challenges and opportunities of the siting process, frequently asked questions and much more.  The link is:

Draft Question #1:       What is the most critical factor to you as far as the siting of a middle school?

Draft Question #2:       What do you have planned in the next five years that might influence or impact the middle school siting process?

Draft Question #3:       Do you have anything else you would like to add regarding middle school siting?