Facilities Improvement team (FIT)
Approved Long-range Facilities Plan
The BGPS Board of Directors approved the Long-range Facilities Plan on Monday, June 13. The plan was developed over the past 18 months by the Facilities Improvement Team (FIT), a group of community volunteers and district staff. FIT members used local and state data, community input (Thoughtexchange) and expert consultation to develop the plan. The plan provides information and guidance on appropriate facilities for educational instruction. It aligns with the district’s strategic plan and includes funding considerations, educational enhancements, maintenance, construction of new facilities, replacement and renovations of current facilities and appropriate upgrades. Facility Improvement Team (FIT) members identified more than 25 specific projects and prioritized them into three phases over the next 18 years. View the plan by clicking the image below.
We invite you to read the new 2016 Guide to the Long-Range Facilities Plan.
This guide, which will be mailed to all postal patrons in the district, summarizes the planning process, identifies proposed facility projects for the next 18 years, and answers Frequently Asked Questions from the most recent Thoughtexchange community survey.
GET F.I.T. with BGPS
Battle Ground Public Schools has asked a Facilities Improvement Team (F.I.T.) composed of community volunteers to create a long-term facilities management plan. This plan will include recommendations for current and new facilities that meet the academic and learning needs of students and keep pace with community growth.
The committee meets on a regular basis, and members serve at least a one-year term. This is a community-driven process with community volunteers working in collaboration with the Battle Ground Public Schools’ Board of Directors, district administration and staff, and third-party data collection consultants.
$80 million bond for Battle Ground schools on November ballot (The Columbian, July 31, 2016)
Battle Ground Schools Seeks Public Input for Facilities Guidance (BGPS, March 1, 2016)
BGPS Works to Maintain, Update, Prioritize Facilities (BGPS, September 18, 2015)
BGPS Facilities Team recommends bond measure (The Reflector, July 1, 2015)
BGPS Facilities Team plans for future of education (BGPS, March 26, 2015)
FIT Meeting Dates and Minutes
FIT members are scheduled to meet from 4:00 - 5:30 pm at the Lewisville Campus room C-26 on scheduled dates. These meetings are open to the public.
Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Meeting Minutes & Supporting Documentation
FIT comprises 10 community members, four staff members and a facilitator.
Community and staff feedback are essential to this process. There will be multiple opportunities for community members and staff to share thoughts and ask questions.
All questions will be submitted to all members of the team.
This section of the webpage is dedicated to keeping community members informed about the FIT process. Click the links below for additional information.
April 25, 2016
- FIT members presented the draft long-range plan to school board members during a work session on Monday, April 26.
March 10, 2016
- Mark Prussing, Educational Service District 112 Executive Director, Financial Advisory Services presented several funding scenarios for capital facilities. The main discussion topics included:
- Bond market update
- Summary of district analysis
- Detailed analysis - $50 million authorization
- Detailed analysis - $1.26 bond tax rate
- District next steps
- Prussing’s presentation shared bond terms, tax rates and scheduling bond financing to maximize local funding and create a consistent structure for facility planning. The presentation also showed a comparison between a $50 million bond and $80 million bond and the impact to local tax rates. FIT members requested the presentation to better understand how to combine projects with a funding package that allows work to be done while maintaining a consistent and predictable tax structure. Meeting minutes and a copy of Prussing's presentation can be viewed under FIT Meeting Minutes.
December - February
- The Facilities Improvement Team has met four times since November 12, 2015. On January 7, 2016 the team met to discuss updates to the Cost-Benefit Analysis from LSW Arhitects and master site planning for 80 of the 100 district-owned acres in the City of Battle Ground. Meeting notes can be viewed online.
- The other meetings included the creation of the Thoughtexhange survey and Facilities Overview website and draft long-range plan. FIT members requested the district resource team to develop a draft plan for additional review. The team continues to edit and expand the draft plan and will incorporate community input through the Thoughtexchange process. The goal is to have a long-range plan with recommendations to the school board for consideration in the Spring of 2016.
November 12, 2015
- Communications Manager Sean Chavez presented an overview of the Thoughtexchange process and a sample facilities scenario to FIT members for discussion. Thoughtexchange is an online community collaboration tool that gives an opportunity for parents, staff and community members to voice their thoughts and opinions on district topics. Last spring the district implemented a strategic planning Thoughtexchange process. This new process would focus on district facilities and the work of FIT members to this point in time.
November 5, 2015
- City of Battle Ground Public Works Director Scott Sawyer presented an overview of the City’s Transportation Plan that includes an east-west road that will connect 503 and Parkway somewhere between Main St and Onsdorff Blvd in the third budget biennium. This project can potentially impact district owned land. Sawyer’s presentation was in response to a community presentation on Oct. 1, 2015, where several community members and FIT members participation in a brainstorming session creating more than eight options and several questions for consideration. Sawyer explained the City’s planning to this point, answered each question and listed pros and cons for each option. More than a dozen community members joined the meeting and asked questions about current and future projects.
- For more information please view the Nov. 5 meeting minutes and Sawyer’s presentation.
October 15, 2015
- This week's meeting was a combination of a BGPS School Board Work Session and FIT Meeting to discuss district-wide implementation of full-day kindergarten. Several community members and staff participated in the conversation and generated a list of options, ideas and questions for further consideration. Read the Oct. 15 Meeting Minutes for more information on the district's current full-day kindergarten options and questions presented during the discussion.
October 8, 2015
- Team members were updated on a recent training for bond planning hosted by D.A. Davidson and reviewed a draft educational plan that aligns the district's draft strategic plan with facility application. Learn more about the meeting and view the presentations by reading the meeting minutes.
October 1, 2015
- The Facilities Improvement Team invited community members to an open discussion on the City of Battle Ground’s Transportation Plan including a potential road project that could impact school district property. The discussion was facilitated by BGPS Facilities Director Kevin Jolma and generated several alternatives and questions. Jolma will share the discussion with the City of Battle Ground and ask the city to present additional information to FIT members in the coming weeks. The Transportation Plan includes the addition of a new east-west connector road between Main Street and Onsdorff Blvd. to relieve congestion and meet the requirements of the City’s Comprehensive Plan. More than 20 community members participated in the meeting, sharing concerns, ideas and potential solutions. A summary of the conversation can be viewed in the approved minutes.
September 24, 2015
- FIT members categorized more than 90 projects into 12 categories in the first step to identify key elements of the long-range plan including: enrollment increase, safety and security, property, athletics, growth projects, current buildings that qualify for SCAP, instructional support services, educational program improvements, administrative services, capital repairs and technology. View more details and highlighted priorities for each category by reading the meeting minutes.
September 17, 2015
- FIT members discussed options for community engagement including a new Thoughtexchange process designed specifically for facilities planning, and discussed next steps in priority setting. View more details and presented materials by reading the meeting minutes.
September 10, 2015
- LSW Architects Lauren Johnson and Ralph Willson presented the Preliminary Facilities Improvement Recommendations. This report focuses on facilities that qualify for state match through OSPI’s School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) based on the age of the buildings. The preliminary recommendations are based on the existing buildings conditions assessment, discussions with district staff and advisory individuals. The report does not reflect all district needs, educational plan and demographics and are intended to further discussions within the district’s Facility Improvement Team.
September 3, 2015
- FIT members were presented a proposal for a new YMCA to be built on district owned property with the potential for a financial partnership, and reviewed the preliminary facilities improvement recommendations from LSW Architects. The YMCA presentation can be viewed below and a summary of the meeting can be viewed online.
Board Presentation June 22, 2015
- FIT members presented a preliminary report to board members highlighting the past several months of meetings and provided four recommendations to the board to move forward with facility planning. The recommendations include that the board:
- Consider a bond measure to update aging schools and construct new ones to accommodate growth
- Move forward with the acquisition of new property
- Continue to perform capital repairs to existing facilities and modifications to buildings to accommodate short-term growth
- Commission work over the summer to provide the information needed for FIT members to continue to develop the long-range plan.
May 21 - 28 - Summary Presentation and Priority Round Table
- FIT members were presented a data summary from February 2015 - May 2015 including the timeline of activities, demographic study, growth management plan, Study and Survey, 21st Century Learning and construction growth. In addition, FIT members participated in a round table discussion prioritizing facility needs and identifying additional needed information. You can view the presentation below.
May 14 - Teaching and Learning Panel Discussion
- Directors from the district’s teaching and learning department participated in a panel discussion with FIT members to outline the district’s education plan and make the connection from instruction to facilities. Panel members include Mark Ross, Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning, Denny Waters Executive Director of Special Services, Dr. Paula Koehler-Martin, Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Development, Scott McDaniel, Director of Technology Services and Security and Cindy Arnold, Director of Career and Technical Education. A summary of this discussion can be viewed in the meeting minutes.
May 7 - 21st Century Learning
- Assistant Superintendent of Teaching and Learning Mark Ross and Growth in BGPS from local realtor Lynette Jackson. Read the detailed meeting minutes by clicking here and view the presentations below.
21st Century Learning - Mark Ross
Ross presented an overview of 21st Learning and future expectations of education in terms of instruction and facilities. The presentation, which can be viewed below, included state initiatives that impact facilities, student and staff skills necessary for 21st learning, facility use space and expectations from the workforce.
Growth in BGPS - Lynette Jackson
Local realtor Lynette Jackson presented an overview of new and planned housing within the school district boundaries.
April 30, 2015 - Study and Survey Overview - LSW Architects
- Ralph Willson and Lauren Johnson of LSW Architects presented an overview of their work for the district’s Study and Survey. The presentation updated FIT members on the current progress of the report, preliminary Building Condition Assessment (BCA) scores and ranking and the educational suitability of existing buildings. Their report is based on the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) database. View the presentation below and meeting minutes by clicking here.
April 16, 2015 - Conceptual Site Planning for the Battle Ground Campus
- Karl Johansson of Johansson Architects presented conceptual maps of potential changes for the 90+ district owned acres in the city of Battle Ground including the Battle Ground High School and Lewisville campuses. The presentation was designed to inform FIT members on the work and planning within the city of Battle Ground as part of the city’s original 2007 Central Main Street District Plan. The original plan was contingent on funding and is still in process. The conceptual maps also show potential areas for commercial property, parking, rebuilt Battle Ground High School buildings and a YMCA. Johansson recommended FIT members consider the creation of master site plan for the downtown campus. In addition the presentation, FIT members participated in a round table discussion on the next steps and priorities for the remainder of the year. Learn more by reading the meeting minutes.
April 2, 2015 - Battle Ground Enrollment Forecast Update
- Paul Dennis of Cascade Planning Group presented a review of the recent Battle Ground Enrollment Forecast study. This study was produced in January 2015 and has three purposes: to identify residential development trends, evaluate factors that influence enrollment levels and provide an update of student enrollment projections. Learn more by reading the meeting minutes.
March 19, 2015 - Clark County Growth Management Plan
- Facilitator Dave Halme led the team through a review of the Clark County Growth Management Plan and potential impacts within the school district boundaries. Halme presented a historical review of the planning process and aerial views of southern portions of the district that now lie within the urban growth boundary line. You can view additional information on this presentation below or read the meeting minutes.
Feb. 19, 2015 - School Construction Assistance Program
- Bill Coon, SW Regional Coordinator for OSPI School Facilities and Operations, presented an overview of the School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) which includes funding formulas for maximum allowable state funding assistance, eligibility, construction cost allocation and funding assistance percentage. View the presentation below.
Click here to view previous presentations made to FIT members and/or School Board member during the 2014/15 school year.