Facilities Master Plan

Implementing the Master Plan 2017-2018

The school district completed a formal solicitation process and hired architects to lead design teams to implement the Facilities Master Plan. These teams are managed by the district and include architects and engineers who have begun work in earnest and are actively engaged in a number of tasks in preparation for construction including:

  • Evaluating the infrastructure of each school site - conducting in-depth utilization analysis and working with stakeholders, helping to incorporate curriculum requirements into designed solutions

  • Formulating site-specific designs - creating solutions which will meet the various requirements, balancing the goals and budget constraints

  • Communicating the architecture – providing regular updates to the school Board in an open forum

  • Supporting the delivery process – making sure the district hires well qualified contractors who will construct and modernize school buildings as partners in a collaborative process

  • Verifying the implementation – ensuring the delivered system is consistent with the agreed architecture and meets the requirements<

Facilities Master Plan

In the spring of 2015, district leadership took initial steps to begin a master planning process for facilities.  With school buildings between 50 and 103 years old, the district facility needs are significant.  The normal problems with aging buildings have been further complicated by a decade long recession where the state directed school districts to use maintenance dollars for basic operations.

As part of our master planning process, we hired an architectural firm to support our needs assessment.  Throughout the fall of 2015, Teter and Associates assessed our properties identifying needs for infrastructure, rehabilitating aging plumbing and sewer systems, repairing/replacing leaky roofs, upgrading technology infrastructure, modernizing outdated classrooms, updating heating and ventilations systems, addressing deteriorated buildings (doors, windows, structural repairs, dry rot, painting), improving school safety, upgrading athletic fields, upgrading career tech and science labs for the 21st century, and many more pressing needs.

Community input was an essential component of our process. Throughout the 2015-16 school year, district staff worked to include the voices of our stakeholders with numerous meetings and surveys. These input opportunities included:

  • 12 Community Meetings on each school facility and district wide facilities issues all advertised in the Sentinel:
    1/20/16 - Westlake Elementary
    1/20/16 - Bayview Elementary
    1/20/16 - Mission Hill Middle
    2/4/16 -   Gault Elementary
    2/4/16 -   Delaveaga Elementary
    2/4/16 -   Branciforte Middle
    2/5/16 -   Harbor High
    2/9/16 -   Branciforte Small Schools
    2/9/16 -   Natural Bridges
    2/16/16 - Santa Cruz High
    2/17/16 - Soquel High 
  • A Steering Committee was formed with 25 stakeholders to prioritize identified needs. Links are also available here for their meeting agendas and materials.  The Steering Committee will provide input into final recommendations for the Facilities Master Plan, which we anticipate will be presented to the Board in August. 
  • Faculty meetings at each school site
  • On-line surveys specific to each campus with campus stakeholders
  • District-wide Community Survey on District-wide facility issues

Facilities Master Plan
Download the Long Range Facilities Master Plan (pdf)
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