WPS Master Planning: Background
Facility upgrades at our primary schools would improve safety, security, and accessibility. Additionally, new or updated buildings will better support our mission to provide innovative, student-centered educational opportunities that foster the academic growth and personal development of every student in our primary schools.
Our students and staff see these needs every day and our community has continued to identify improving our facilities as a priority over the past several years during focus group sessions during the 2019 Superintendent Search, 2019-2020 Superintendent Listening Sessions, and 2021-2022 Strategic Plan Feedback Sessions. More information about the work to plan for the future of Wyoming Primary Schools is available below:
- March 2021
- 2021-2022 School Year
- 2022-2023 School Year
- Summer 2023
- Primary Facilities Committee Members
The Facilities Committee was formed to:
- Increase knowledge of the facilities footprint of Wyoming City Schools.
- Review historical facility improvements, including funding sources.
- Use data to build permanent improvement plan to meet future facility needs.
- Prioritize resources for future facility needs that impact the instructional goals of Wyoming City Schools.
Committee members include two board members, superintendent, treasurer, and facilities supervisor. This committee provides a report at each regular meeting of the Wyoming City Schools Board of Education.
The Wyoming City Schools Board of Education put additional focus on our Wyoming Primary Schools (WPS) and tasked the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) with a Primary Facilities Study to research optimal elementary learning environments and examine current facility costs in comparison to future opportunities. This group returned with the following two recommendations:
- Improvements need to be made in all of our primary facilities in order to provide ALL of our students an optimal learning experience.
- Include stakeholders in the decision-making process.
Wyoming City Schools partnered with VSWC Architects and formed the Primary Facilities Committee to build upon the work of the CAC to develop Wyoming Primary School facility options that:
- Provide excellent educational opportunities for all Wyoming Primary students.
- Support instructional best practices.
- Are fiscally responsible.
In partnership with VSWC, the committee worked to:
- GATHER information (site plans, building usage, school capacities, etc.)
- ASSESS our primary buildings (physical conditions, operational costs, educational adequacy)
- EVALUATE enrollment (current and projected)
The Wyoming Primary Schools staff was surveyed to gather their feedback:
VSWC and the Primary Facilities Committee continued the work through the winter and spring to:
- ENVISION education that supports student needs now and in the future through the lens of the Wyoming City Schools Strategic Plan and connect this information to future facility needs specific to primary-age students.
- DEVELOP plans based on the information learned and feedback received throughout the process.
Visioning sessions were held with the goal of understanding the Wyoming Community’s vision for education that supports student needs now and in the future through the lens of the Wyoming City Schools Strategic Plan, and connecting that vision to future facility needs specific to primary-age students.
Primary Facilities Committee members used the information and feedback gathered in prior months to identify fiscally-responsible Wyoming Primary School facility options that would provide excellent educational opportunities for all Wyoming primary students and support best instructional practices.
Please use the following links to learn more about some of the tools used by the committee:
The committee explored many options. Though the assumption had been that the committee’s work would result in a few options, the committee landed on one recommended plan:
One New K-2 School & One New 3-5 School
Estimated cost of $48 million
Two schools with requested facility and instructional improvements:
- Vermont: New expanded K-2 building
- Hilltop: New expanded 3-5 building
- WMS: 6-8 building
- Elm: Retired due to limited space (would not house students, other uses being considered to address school and/or city needs or opportunities)
Please use the links below for more information:
Of Note: Any work to improve our primary facilities will require a Bond Issue for Wyoming taxpayers.
In order to ENGAGE the broader community with the group’s work, members of the Primary Facilities Committee shared the work and recommendation of the committee through seven CommUNITY Conversations. Each conversation took place in one of the Wyoming primary school buildings and included an information session and discussion opportunity, and a feedback form was distributed and collected.
We received an incredible amount of feedback during this round of community engagement. We heard that our schools are the heart of our community and our primary schools, while beloved and full of character, need important facility upgrades to:
- improve accessibility and safety, and
- support our mission to provide innovative, student-centered educational opportunities that foster the academic growth and personal development of every student in our primary schools.
Thank you to our families and community members for taking the time to listen to the initial work and challenging us to do better. We are committed to partnering with the entire community on a process that results in excellent primary schools for our youngest learners. We heard that we must include the following important themes and ideas in our work in order to move forward together. We heard that:
- Our neighborhood schools promote an important sense of community.
- Walkability is a valued family experience.
- Adding more diverse voices to the work is essential.
- Expanding communication to broader constituencies is necessary.
We are incorporating these themes and the other feedback we received into our next round of work and are building a revised process that moves us forward together.
We worked to expand our communication tools to include broader constituencies:
- If you reside in Wyoming and do not have a child enrolled in Wyoming City Schools, please send your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to our Cowboy Club database. Cowboy Club members receive monthly Superintendent Updates and information about community engagement opportunities.
We published the following on our website:
- Our process to date
- Written feedback received during our community engagement opportunities
- Ways to be connected
- Updates on next steps
We alerted stakeholders to the published information through:
- Direct emails to Wyoming City Schools Staff and Families and members of the Cowboy Club and Golden Cowboy Club
- Submissions to the City of Wyoming electronic newsletters
- Postcards mailed to every Wyoming household
- Printed district calendar mailed to every Wyoming household
- Flyers in Wyoming businesses and the library.
- Requests to Wyoming preschools for information distribution.
We engaged a partner specializing in facility/master planning and community engagement to take the process and feedback to date, engage the community further, develop options, and identify a facility plan with the greatest community support.
|Board Vice President Kara Broderick
|Board Member Heather Yee
|Linda Adams, Media Specialist
|Patti Jervis, Elm School Admin Asst.
|Erin Allen, Art Teacher
|Ashanti Kanyion, Hilltop School Admin Asst.
|Elizabeth Devine, Hilltop School Teacher
|Chrissy Robbins, Elm School Teacher
|Jen Gerstner, Gifted Specialist
|Marta Stewart, Vermont School Teacher
|Virginia Hadzic, Music Teacher
|Sandy Zuefle, Speech-Language Pathologist
|Mike Anderson, Facilities Administrator
|Ronda Johnson, Treasurer
|Suzy Henke, Dir. of Communications
|Tim Weber, Superintendent
|Dr. Gina Kirchner, WPS Principal
|Dr. Ashley Whitely, Assistant Superintendent
Additional committee members on call as needed: Technology Coordinator Steven McCarnan and Director of Pupil Serivces Dr. Tracy Wurtzler.