FACILITIES PLANNING PROCESS
PROPOSITION 1 ON BALLOT FEBRUARY 14, 2017
At their meeting in December, the Cheney Public Schools Board of Directors adopted Resolution No. 7-16-17 concerning a proposition to relieve overcrowding and improve infrastructure and security. This resolution authorized the submission to the voters on February 14, 2017 of Proposition 1 - Bonds to Expand and Renovate School Facilities and Improve Security. This bond proposal is for no more than $52,000,000 for the purpose pf paying costs of expanding and renovating Cheney High School, Sunset Elementary School, Windsor Elementary School and Betz Elementary School, making security improvements to such schools and to Salnave Elementary School, acquiring land, and relocating the Three Springs High School portables. Details concerning this proposed bond issue will be shared on the District website and mailed to the District's communities. Should you have any questions, please contact Superintendent Rob Roettger at 559-4502 or [email protected].
FACILITIES PLANNING CONVERSATIONS
An important part of facilities planning is gathering input from the community. In order to do so, Cheney Public Schools launched a Thoughtexchange process on September 12. Any community member who elected to participate had ten days to comment on capital project scenarios. Following the initial ten-day period, the “Star” phase opened and provided community members with the opportunity to review the comments and opinions that are shared, plus support the opinions and thoughts that align with their thinking. Finally, the school district held three community meetings on November 8, 9 and 10 in order to share the results of the Thoughtexchange process and to receive additional community input. If you would like to participate in the next Thoughtexchange process, please click HERE to receive an email invitation, or email us at [email protected]. In addition, anyone who would like to provide input utilizing a paper/pencil format may do so by contacting the district office at 559-4502.
STUDY AND SURVEY NOW COMPLETE
We are pleased to share the completed version of the Facilities Study and Survey, produced by Design West with help from a grant by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), that was presented to our Board of Directors at the regularly-scheduled School Board meeting on April 27, 2016. Design West reviewed the physical condition of each of our school sites, reviewed our enrollment growth projections, and developed recommendations for our District's short- and long-term facilities plan.
To learn more about the one-year-long community engagement plan, see our timeline.
In May three community conversations were held and, as part of these community conversations, the results of the most recent Thoughtexchange process and the Study and Survey were shared. These conversations were designed to generate options for addressing our enrollment growth and facilities to accommodate growth that was presented back to our community in a fall Thoughtexchange. Three more community conversations followed in November and the result of this second set of conversations will be considered by the School Board in December for a possible February 2017 bond measure.
WINTER THOUGHTEXCHANGE INFORMATION NOW AVAILABLE
The winter Thoughtexchange process is now complete and the results are available. Our school community recently participated in an online conversation about enrollment growth and facilities to accommodate growth in the Cheney Public Schools. We’ve appreciated hearing from our community as a result of this conversation and hope you will be interested in learning what your friends and neighbors have to say about this topic. Simply click this link to learn what our community thinks about enrollment growth and facilities to accommodate growth. This on-line conversation is an important step in our year-long process to update our long-term facilities plan.
FALL THOUGHTEXCHANGE DISCOVER INFORMATION
You may recall that last fall we invited our school communities to SHARE their thoughts about concerns and positives in our District. We then invited our school community to review and prioritize the thoughts using the STAR process.
The entire process was moderated by our partner, Thoughtexchange. 879 individuals responded, and participants from across the District shared 1,557 thoughts and assigned 43,686 stars to their top priorities.
We DISCOVERed that our communities appreciate most our quality teachers and staff – "All the teachers we have met have been wonderful to our children. They are attentive and most are very flexible and understanding when issues arise. I believe Cheney SD has some of the best teachers in the area."
For details, visit http://cheneysd.thoughtexchange.com. You will find the results for the fall Thoughtexchange process for the District as well as results summarized by school site, and you can follow a theme down to the specific comments made by the participants that contributed to our process.