Vision Sears Master Facilities Planning
This page is designed to provide Kenilworth School District 38 stakeholders the latest information regarding the Master Facilities Planning process for The Joseph Sears School.
The Master Facilities Plan (MFP) will serve as a guide for assessing the need for facility improvements and capital investments to implement them. The MFP will determine the scope of repairs, modernization, upgrades, and/or new construction needed to serve the current and future school facilities needs of the community.
News posted in order of appearance, most recent first.
October 23, 2020
The BOE held a Special Meeting to review the Master Facilities Plan Funding Schedule Presentation given by Business Manager Dr. Joe Bailey. Dr. Bailey’s MFP Funding Sources presentation. During the 2019-2020 school year, District 38 began to develop a long-range Master Facilities Plan as a roadmap for the District’s facilities needs for the next three to five years. The Board and Administration are committed to including stakeholder feedback throughout this process. We invite you to attend our Regular Board of Education meetings and our Building and Finance Committee Meetings. Board Calendar
An updated MFP will be presented at the November Regular Board meeting and voted on at the December meeting.
October 14, 2020
The Board of Education and Administration presented the Option 8 draft of the Master Facilities Plan at the JSSPVA October 14, 2020 meeting. Included were an updated Site Rendering and Site Plan.
Oct. 12, 2020
In response to feedback from the community and faculty/staff presentations on October 1, 2020, the Board of Education and Administration continue to work with DLA Architects and New Vista Design to refine the Master Facilities Plan draft. Here is the most recent iteration (Option 8) of the designs and draft budget as reviewed at the October 9, 2020, public Building and Finance Committee Meeting:
Frequently asked questions and response in regards to the project are available:
Do you have additional questions? We welcome your feedback specific to the project at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also invite community members to attend both the Building and Finance Committee Meetings and Regular Board of Education Meetings. You can see upcoming meeting dates on our Board Calendar.
New Vista Design provided summaries of the faculty and community presentation workshop notes:
October 2, 2020
On October 1, 2020, the Kenilworth SD38 Board of Education and Administration, New Vista Designs, DLA Architects, along with guest John Hart, President of the Kenilworth Park District Board, hosted a Building and Finance Committee community meeting to review a draft of the Master Facilities Plan (MFP) for The Joseph Sears school.
The proposed MFP is being developed with community feedback, careful study of detailed community discussions, an extensive review of state-of-the-art educational design practices, and close collaboration with the Park District relating to the Village House. The plan is also informed by the Health, Life, and Safety Plan, which details multi-year facilities improvements that the District is required to complete.
We welcome community members to view the recording of the meeting and presentation as we are committed to including stakeholder feedback throughout this process and would like to invite community members the opportunity to provide further input.
Overall Objective of Facility Upgrade
The proposed plan upgrades the learning and collaboration spaces, and actively supports the school’s academic and extracurricular programming.
Highlights of the proposed plan include:
- Significant upgrades to nearly all aspects of the school, including much-improved flow, a welcoming community entrance with atrium off of Ivy Court; the addition of a new cafeteria within the building; additional recreational and event space; clearly defined learning neighborhoods for JK-2 Grade, Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8, and more.
- Reflects the history and traditions of The Joseph Sears School while offering the best possible educational facilities.
- Leverages the unique architectural design of our schoolhouse, including the retention of the Abbotsford facade.
The Board recognizes that the school is a community hub, and we believe the building can serve this purpose better and, in doing so, enable an improved partnership with the Kenilworth Park District for activities for the broader community. The proposed plan includes an expanded Community Center, allowing for additional Park District programming, the provision of additional gym space, and the location of a Park District office at the proposed new main community entrance to the schoolhouse.
The school is well positioned to undertake a major renovation project with a strong and experienced administrative team in place and healthy fund balances and assets. The MFP will be budgeted utilizing a three- to five-year phased plan.
Community Input Opportunities
Community input has been and will remain vital during every stage of this process. We will work with DLA Architects over the next few days to review additional changes to these designs based on the community discussion and feedback, and to prioritize.
As you review this presentation, we welcome your feedback specific to the project at email@example.com. We also invite community members to attend both the Building and Finance Committee Meetings and Regular Board of Education Meetings. You can see upcoming meeting dates on our Board Calendar.
Upcoming Virtual Meetings with MFP discussion:
- Building and Finance Committee Meeting: Oct. 9, 2020, 9:00 a.m.
- JSSPVA Meeting: Oct. 14, 2020, 8:30 a.m.
May 13, 2020
The Joseph Sears School community engaged in a variety of educational and architectural visioning workshops facilitated by the Boston-based architectural firm of New Vista Design and the Chicago-based firm of DLA Architects in mid-March.
Through a series of dynamic and hands-on experiences, designed to mirror that of the Learning Environments for Tomorrow (LEFT) Institute offered through the Harvard Graduate School of Education, varied stakeholder groups were led through a step-by-step visioning process aimed at capturing their best thinking about Sears School’s current and future educational goals and priorities, and connecting them to best practices and possibilities in innovative school facility design.
The goals, priorities, and desired design elements determined during the workshops have been recorded and highlighted in The Joseph Sears School Visioning Sessions Summary. They are meant to inform all aspects of the Joseph Sears School renovation and design process.
The Workshops included:
- The Joseph Sears School Educational Leadership Team (ELT) met for a two-hour meeting.
- Student Focus Group of students grades 2-7 met for an hour and a half.
- Community Forum for Sears community members met for two hours.
- The Sears School Educational Visioning Workshop Group (a group of approximately 30 Sears School teachers, administrators, students, parents, board members, and community partners) met for two, four-hour sessions over for two days.
Topics covered included:
- Priority Goals for the renovated and/or new Joseph Sears School facility and campus.
- Strengths, Challenges, Opportunities, and Goals (SCOG Analysis) associated with The Joseph Sears School’s current academic programs as well as the vision for its renovated and/or new facility.
- Future Ready Learning Goals as connected to Joseph Sears School’s present and future educational vision.
- Desired Design Patterns and architectural features for the renovated and/or new Joseph Sears School facility and campus.
- Guiding Principles for the design of the renovated/new Joseph Sears School facility and campus.
- Blue Sky Ideas for the renovated and/or new Joseph Sears School facility and campus.
DLA Architects and New Vista Design have created The Joseph Sears School Visioning Sessions Summary from notes taken and information gathered during the Visioning sessions and conversations. Agendas for each of the workshops and the list of workshop participants can be found at the end of this document.
Next steps include:
Faculty and Staff Visioning Survey due May 13
Faculty and Staff grade-level optional Visioning Sessions:
- Monday, May 18, JK-Second Grade, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 19, Specials: Related Arts/PE, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 22, Sixth-Eighth Grade, 1:00 – 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, May 27, Third-Fifth Grade, 2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Bubble Diagram Process with the Educational Leadership Team (late May)
Virtual Visioning Community Conversation (June/July)
If you have questions or would like to add comments or ideas to this evolving narrative, please contact Superintendent, Dr. Lisa Leali at firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 16, 2020
Building and Finance Committee Update
On March 12 and 13, 2020, Kenilworth Board of Education and school administrators hosted a two-day Visioning Workshop and Community Conversations for all community stakeholders. The Board and Administration are working with DLA Architects and New Vista Design, who conducted the visioning sessions. The sessions were engaging and productive in helping us think about the future of the school and, more importantly, an opportunity to rally our school leadership and community around the development of the Master Facilities Plan (MFP). The feedback we have received has been overwhelmingly positive.
The process of completing the stakeholder visioning sessions was an essential step in the creation of a comprehensive MFP. The MFP considers safety, curriculum, population shifts, and future program needs, as it becomes a long-range planning document. The plan helps to manage and maintain the District's facilities in good working order, balanced with the required long-term expenditures.
DLA Architects and New Vista Design will connect the critical feedback captured during the visioning sessions with best practices in innovative school facility design as they develop the MFP recommendations.
• Assessment of the District’s current facilities
• Visits to area schools to preview cutting-edge educational enhancements
• Feedback from community, student, staff, and teachers from 2018 visioning sessions
• Educational priorities established with school administrators and teachers
• Input from the school’s Sustainability Committee
During February and March, 2020, Board members toured four schools: JFK Elementary in Schiller Park, Gemini Middle School in Niles, Sunset Ridge School in Northfield, and Prairie Crossing School in Grayslake. All offered unique examples of cutting-edge educational design , effective integration of sustainability features and excellent use of common areas, including hallways, to create a sense of openness and community.DLA Architects has met with The Joseph Sears School Sustainability Committee and WOLD Architects to ensure that sustainability is built into our facilities plan and that there is a strong alignment with the school's sustainability efforts.
The next steps include a Community Review meeting in June to review initial architectural plans. The goal is to have a working draft of the Master Facilities Plan for the August, 2020, Board of Education regular meeting, with final approval at the September meeting. We will not proceed with any significant capital projects this summer, pending completion of the MFP.
We will continue to keep the community informed and allow opportunities for feedback throughout the process.
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