4:175 - Facility Planning

Policy 4:175

Business and Non-Instructional Operations

Facility Planning

The Board's Facility Development Committee will annually review capital and maintenance projects for all school facilities. In addition, the Illinois State Board of Education and local fire department annually inspect all schools. The District's ten year life safety plan is annually reviewed and updated by the Board Facility's Development Committee.

Facility planning is an ongoing process that should reflect the complex and dynamic nature of educational programs. In planning facilities, it is necessary to maximize flexible space so that the existing program can be accomodated while anticipating future needs.

The Superintendent or his or her designee shall direct a facility planning process that takes into account current and future educational needs, safety, and efficiency. Through the facility planning process the district building needs are identified and prioritized, then plans are developed, reviewed and revised. Additionally, construction and maintenance timelines need to be developed and monitored until the finished product is accepted.

The Superintendent or his or her designee may draw upon a wide range of resources including the District staff, architects and educational consultants as well as the area utility, commercial, industrial, and governmental entities. All plans and specifications shall be in compliance with the Life Safety Code and all other mandatory codes.

In any new building project or remodeling project of existing facilities that incurs District expense of more than id="mce_marker"0,000, the Board shall employ the services of a licensed architect who practices in the State of Illinois. The Board shall approve the retention of an architect, in compliance with the Local Government Professional Services Selection Act. The Superintendent or Superintendent's designee shall be responsible for the project and shall act as the Board's representative in working with the architect on said project.

The following aspects should also be considered as facility needs are projected and planned:

  1. Safety and welfare of students and staff
  2. Financial ability of the School District, including present and projected budgetary limitations
  3. Changes in student population and organization of schools
  4. Community planning and zoning as well as relationship to the total community
  5. Plant and site aesthetics
  6. Relationship between projected new facilities/additions and those already in existence
  7. The extent of new construction shall be determined by the increase or decrease in enrollment, by student-teacher ratios, by changing educational programs, and by the condition of existing facilities.

Adopted: September 8, 1997
Revised: November 28, 2011 

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