Schools Are Buildings With Tomorrow Inside
The assistant superintendents and I have been making the rounds speaking to staff members about the Facility Plan and the $98.8M bond levy. We are doing this because it is imperative that staff members understand the plan and have the facts. It is inevitable that community members will ask you questions. When they know you work for the District, they will assume that you have information about it. Those community members are right. You should be in the know and if you don’t happen to know the exact answer, you should be able to know where to find answers. So Ruth, Tom and I have been making the rounds. Unfortunately, we will not be able to reach every single employee at a meeting. Therefore, this article is a primer on the information that is available to you.
First of all, be aware that there is a complete section of the GFPS webpage devoted to Facility Planning. It can be found here: www.gfps.k12.mt.us/facility. As you check out the page, you can view the POWERPOINT that is being presented in the schools and to community groups. While it doesn’t have the verbal part of the presentation, it does provide the basics of the Plan and bond levy. The next thing to do is to read the FACILITY ACTION PLAN that can also be accessed on the page. For each project, it gives the details, the rationale and the impacts/consequences. It also contains pictures and other information. The SUMMARY BROCHURE is also there. These will also be out in the buildings in a couple of weeks along with specific brochures for each school. As you get questions, you might also want to check out the ASKED AND ANSWERED document. As we answer questions in the community, we update it, so it should be a good resource as it grows. Lastly, you can find out the estimated cost of the bond levy for any property. The SCHOOL BOND CALCULATOR has all the directions and with just a few clicks, you get the estimated dollar amount.
We will be providing information to the community all through the summer and into September. We will have a booth set up at a variety of community events and will try to reach the public in a variety of ways. If you would like to help, email me with your summer email address and phone number.
This is a big ask of our community but it will be worth it in so many ways. This is our time to ensure our buildings will be viable educational institutions for years to come. Schools are buildings with tomorrow inside. Let’s make those buildings even better. If not us, who? If not now, when?
Take care. Be safe. Stay well.