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       1st Community Meeting:   Tuesday, April 16th, 2019

     
     
     
     
     
     District to Conduct Long-Range Facilities Plan

    In order to ensure that facilities can meet the future needs of all students, staff, and the community, the North Wasco County School District is launching a Long-Range Facility Planning Process. The process will use the Oregon Department of Education Technical Assistance Program (TAP) format which includes a recommended timeline.

    As a precursor to the process the District selected Richard Higgins of BLRB Architects, who is certified by the Oregon Department of Education to conduct an initial Facilities Assessment using the prescribed tools and procedures. The tools and process are outlined under the Oregon Department of Education Technical Assistance Program.

    On Thursday, March 14th, North Wasco received notice that we have been awarded a $20,000 Technical Assistance Program (TAP) grant and a $25,000 Long-Range Facilities Planning grant from the Oregon Department of Education. These funds will used to help off-set the costs of this process.

    The District will consult with Richard Higgins and a group of community volunteers to determine the status of all facilities and grounds as well as explore safety and security needs. The Oregon Department of Education Technical Assistance Program recommends a timeline for this work of 24-30 months. In order to meet state requirements, the plan must include:

     

    • Facility Condition Assessment (FCA)
    • Population Projections
    • Collaboration with Local Government
    • Community Involvement
    • Historical Building Information
    • Education Adequacy Standards
    • 10-year Proposed Plan

     

    On Tuesday, April 16th the District will hold a community meeting from 6-8 pm at the Mid-Columbia Senior Center (1112 West 9th Street – The Dalles). The meeting will be live streamed with an opportunity for people to call in. The purpose of the meeting will be to share the results of the initial ODE Facility Condition Assessment Report, outline the Long-Range Facilities Plan process, answer questions, take input, and determine how best to select community volunteers to help with the process.

     

     

    Richard Higgins, AIA, LEED® AP BD+C, BLRB Architects, will be facilitating the public input on the development of a Long Range Facilities Plan.  He is certified by the Oregon Department of Education to conduct the Long Range Facilities Assessment using the tools and procedures outlined by the Oregon Department of Education Technical Assistance Program. Please click here to view Mr. Higgins and the BLRB Architectural Firm's experience, philosophy, values, and expertise.
     
     
     
     
    For questions about the public input on the development of a Long Range Facilities Plan community meetings and how to participate, please contact Cindy Miller, 541-506-3420 or email at millerc@nwasco.k12.or.us.