Consultants Begin Work on Westerly Schools Redesign Project Roadmap | West
WEST – Consultants working with the school committee’s construction subcommittee have developed a method to develop an education plan that will serve as the basis for a proposed construction project.
Officials from JCJ Architecture, the architectural firm working on the project, and Fielding International LLC, an instructional design firm working with JCJ Architecture, discussed the method and importance of an education plan. and how to develop one at the subcommittee meeting on Wednesday. The education plan developed for the 2019 plan that was rejected by voters will play an important role in the new plan, the consultants and Justin Hopkins, chair of the subcommittee, said.
The state Department of Education requested information on the education plan in its comments in response to the district’s stage 1 request and analysis of existing conditions, said Christine O’Hare, project manager. at JCJ Architecture.
Developing an education plan involves soliciting input from teachers, students, parents and other community members, said Jill Ackers, senior designer at Fielding International LLC.
“We need a comprehensive education plan that looks at buildings beyond being warm, safe and dry, but that thinks about the education of children and the generational sustainability of our community,” Ackers said. .
The plan and design of the project should meet current needs but also allow flexibility to adapt to future changes in education, Ackers said. School buildings, she said, should be aligned with the district’s curriculum and designed to be “focused on diverse and connected spaces that encourage joy, belonging, collaboration and critical thinking.”
The planning process should also highlight the role education plays in attracting young families and the economic benefit for the city of providing schools that parents trust.
“We come together as a community and as a school district to prepare students for a prosperous future, and this really has an impact on our economic viability. How to attract new and young families to a community, create generational support and guarantee real estate values? Said Ackers.
The education plan process will need to be “truncated” from the typical 3 to 6 month process, Ackers said, to achieve the current goal of asking voters to approve a project in the November ballot. Despite the tight deadline, Ackers said, “all voices” will be solicited and involved.
The construction project should be guided by the desired learning outcomes and how they are achieved, said Superintendent of Schools Mark Garceau.
“I can’t wait to start the process again. We know that children need practical and collaborative spaces. We need something to support them, ”Garceau said.
The subcommittee also discussed sending a letter to the General Assembly requesting that financial incentives for state-sponsored school construction projects be extended beyond the “sunset” date. sun ”currently scheduled for late 2022. Several districts across the state have made the same request, Hopkins mentioned.