Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the Facilities Master Planning Process [FMP]?
  • The primary purpose of this planning process is to ensure that Idaho Falls School District 91 facilities have the ability to meet the District’s educational needs today and in the future. This will involve facilities adaptable enough to accommodate a variety of educational approaches and strategies. The facility planning process is a systematic approach for making educational and facility decisions that will have a long-term impact for D91 Schools. Each level of the planning process is designed to build on the previous level, providing both the data and the means to promote joint decision-making.

 

Why is a Facilities Master Planning process being done?
  • In order to protect our residents’ investment in our schools, we analyze the way we do business to ensure we deliver on the quality and efficiency our community expects, including our school buildings. Our academic buildings, ranging in age from 5 to 98 years old, while some are in great shape and are in need of some minor maintenance, others could use extensive renovation or even replacement.

 

How long will the Facilities Master Planning process take?
  • The analysis, community engagement, and planning portion of the FMP is scheduled with milestone dates beginning January 2019 and ending in June 2019. However, the Facilities Master Plan is a document that will evolve over time with changes in demographics and other factors that impact facilities.

 

How will facility scenarios be explored and developed?
  • Scenarios will be explored and developed by reviewing and analyzing historical and projected district educational and facility information, reviewing building condition information, overlaying Educational Framework on individual schools, and soliciting input from District Level and Steering Committee members.

 

Will attendance boundaries change?
  • It is possible that boundaries may change. However, until all information has been vetted through the scenario exploration phase, it is uncertain what the best course of action will be for each facility.

 

How can I participate?
  • There will be two Community Dialogue meetings that we hope you attend. The first Community Dialogue will be held on April 9th and primarily cover background data and an initial set of options. The second Community Dialogue will be held on May 15th, and cover a set of preferred options. Your feedback will be used to drive this process to a recommendation, that will be made at the Board of Trustees meeting on June 12th.