From the superintendent

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Dear Colleagues:

You may have heard by now that our Board of Directors were introduced at our last Board meeting to our plans to fully assess the district’s 71 facilities, 7.3 million square feet of space, and 465 acres of land. Called a Facilities Master Plan (FMP), this assessment will help us determine how to prioritize ongoing improvements to school grounds and buildings in a fair, timely and cost-effective way.

This is an enormous and very important effort for an organization as large as Saint Paul Public Schools, and one more way we can be good stewards of tax dollars, while also meeting the learning needs of students.

Students are, in fact, at the heart of this work, because the FMP also is focused on the impact the physical environment has on both them and our staff. Think of your own work space. How important to you are things like fresh air and access to natural light, safe and comfortable learning environments, complete Wi-Fi access, or flexible learning spaces? I’m sure you recognize the profound effect these everyday factors can have on student learning and teaching.

Because students are at the heart of this work, equity must be as well. The FMP will help us be certain that students have equitable access to the resources they need for learning.

The planning process for developing the FMP will begin in May 2014 and hopefully be completed by December 2015, resulting in a 10-year plan (2016-2026).

One of the most exciting parts of this work will be the opportunity to truly engage with our community through an FMP Committee that will include 60+ members – both internal and external – who will bring their diverse experience and perspectives to the planning process.

We will continue to update you on this vital project, but meanwhile more information is available on the FMP website at facilities.spps.org/fmp.

Have a wonderful week!

Your very proud superintendent,

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Valeria S. Silva