Master Facility Planning

The Swallow School District has been Inspiring Excellence since the doors to the first schoolhouse opened in January of 1844.  With an ongoing commitment to always placing Students First, regular evaluation of processes, practices, and data to ensure Continuous Improvement, routine and frequent opportunities for Community Engagement, a commitment to Fiscal Responsibility, and a culture grounded in Respect and Honesty, the School Board began the process of creating a Long-Range Master Facility Plan in fall of 2013 when it hired Plunkett Raysich Architects to complete a Facilities Study

Since then in 2013, 2016 and most recently in January 2018 the School Board has held a series of Community Conversations engaging students, parents, staff, and residents. These Conversations shaped a shared vision for curriculum, programming, services, and spaces to meet the community’s needs.

The School Board formed a Facility Advisory Committee (FAC) in fall 2017 made up of a cross-section of the community.  By meeting with teachers and school staff, reviewing video footage of daily operations, participation in this year's Community Conversations series, and discussions on the condition of the building with board-approved construction manager C.G.Schmidt, the FAC has met its charge of understanding the current needs, helping to identify and assess solutions, reviewing potential long-range master facilities plan options, and providing input on a Community-Wide survey.

   
 Facilities Advisory Committee
                 
     
  Julie Carlsen     
 Jim de Vries Kim Krotts
 Bob Menefee  John Siepmann
  Aaron Dentz  John Huggett*     
Bob Mallow*  Peggy Moede  Shannon Strobusch
  Sidney Dixon  Rich Kaiser  Rebecca Mattano       Susie Polentini       Luke Szafranski
   *indicates committee co-chair 



 
 A Day in the Life of a Swallow Student  Large Learning Spaces at Swallow School
     
  1950s, 1890s, amd Maintenance Areas of the Building  The Future of Learning



While the FAC has studied options and made various recommendations, the School Board is committed to finalizing a plan that reflects the priorities of district taxpayers. Taxpayers have the opportunity to provide feedback on the FAC’s Long-Range Master Plan through a Community Survey available in early May.  It is after the results from this survey become available in June that the FAC will complete its charge of reviewing community input and finalizing its recommendation to the School Board.  

Additional information on all of the FAC's meetings, Frequently Asked Questions, and the Building's History can be found on the navigation bars to the left.  

For more information on the Long-Range Master Facilities Planning process, please contact Melissa Thompson, Superintendent at 262-367-2000 x108, or by email at thompson@swallowschool.org.

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