Task Force Activities
Medford School District 549C
Building Improvement Task Force
Options for Board Consideration
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Description of Task Force Activities:
The School Board determined it should provide a means for public review of the bond projects for the purpose of reprioritizing and bringing the budget back into alignment with the resources. A Bond Projects Review Task Force was formed in August 2007 and the Board developed specific Task Force objectives and a timeline. This fourteen-member Task Force met on September 4, 2007, and September 18, 2007.
The first Task Force meeting focused on the key bond documents, updated project budgets, school enrollment and facility optimal capacity reports, and discussion about how other districts have dealt with enrollment decline and facility usage. Questions about the actual capacity need revealed this fact about the original bond proposal: if all the projects in the original proposal had been completed as anticipated, the District would operate at about 81% of optimal capacity. The Task Force broke into three work groups and processed the question “What kind of buildings do we need to help students be successful?” As a result the Task Force created a set of guiding statements it could consider when developing solution options.
The second Task Force meeting began with a review of all of the written public comment that had come to the District since September 4. The Task Force reviewed the list of guiding statements about school facilities that it had drafted during the first meeting. District staff updated the Task Force on projects budgets noting that the bids for the two largest projects (Jefferson and Washington) had been very competitive and accurate, which confirms the budget methodology currently being employed by the District and has helped the District control costs established in the spring. These projects were awarded to local contractors.
District staff provided the Task Force with 12 examples of possible options before the Task Force split into three work groups. Each group was asked to develop two viable options to bring back to the larger group for discussion. After the groups reconvened as the larger Task Force committee, they found that among them they had developed four distinct options. These options are described below and address the projects to be completed for eight school sites (Oak Grove, Lone Pine, Jackson, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, Hedrick and McLoughlin Middle Schools, and North and South High Schools). Each of these options can be completed within the resources authorized by the voters.
Review of Completed and Scheduled Projects
Review of Changes from the Original Proposed Projects
Description of Task Force Activities
Summary of Task Force Options
Comment on Task Force Options