What is school district master planning? This book explains how this planning is done, using a proven process, not theories. The process helps you avoid cost overruns, public outrage, repeated redistricting, and classrooms built in wrong places that all represent poor planning. Planning tools, steps and process check lists are discussed in rich detail, using actual case studies and the planning triangle of programs, demographics and facilities. Process roles are explained for district staff, consultants, and the public at each step. Steps are clearly explained for acquiring, analyzing, and applying critical data to drive planning to redistrict, build, close, renovate or expand schools. Steps are carefully explained for developing the comprehensive master plan and getting it implemented on time and within budget.
This book pulls no punches as to what usually goes wrong and why, along with what must be done, step by step, to avoid such mistakes. It is a guide to developing a district master plan that will work out for the long term and promote public support for public education.
**Instructors, be sure to check out the companion piece: School District Master Planning: The Teaching Supplement.**
Chapter 1 I. Planning-A Process or a Quick Fix? Chapter 2 II. Planning Process Overview Chapter 3 III. Elements of a Comprehensive Planning Process Chapter 4 IV. Organizing the Planning Team Chapter 5 V. Demographics of Students in The Context of Their Community Chapter 6 VI. Enrollment Projections Overview Chapter 7 VII. Projecting Student Enrollments Chapter 8 VIII. Understanding and Using Enrollment Projections Chapter 9 IX. School Facilities Inventory and Utilization Analysis Chapter 10 X. School Buildings Analysis Chapter 11 XI. Assessing Alternatives to Develop the Five Year Plan Chapter 12 XII. The Five Year Plan Documentation Chapter 13 XIII. From Planning to Construction-Implementing a Five Year Plan Chapter 14 XIV. Selecting and Managing Design Professionals