Share your thoughts on Facilities Projects Prioritization
WHICH PROJECTS SHOULD OUSD PRIORITIZE?
Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts by attending an online regional engagement event, an online Board meeting and/or taking the facilities bond prioritization survey.
OUSD is preparing to place a bond on the November ballot so we can continue to renovate and rebuild our schools. The last time a bond was authorized was Measure J in 2012, and before that, Measure B in 2006.
The Board recently adopted the Facilities Master Plan that identifies over $3 billion in need. The most we can ask voters for via bond is $735 million. Now the Board must determine which projects will be included in the list that will go to voters in November.
Facilities Master Plan 2020
WHAT IS A FACILITIES MASTER PLAN?
A school-district’s Facilities Master Plan describes a set of building and renovation projects that a district will pursue to support its educational mission. Example projects may include:
1. Modernizing aging campuses and improving deficient buildings
2. Constructing or modifying buildings to align with changing demographics
3. Investing in facilities to improve operations, such as improved food systems, energy efficiency, or transportation Facilities Master Plans involve documenting physical needs at campuses, projecting demographic trends, and estimating future project costs.
A complete Facilities Master Plan will provide a road map for School District investment and enable a district to secure independent funding through a General Obligation Bond.
HOW WILL OUSD MAKE ITS FACILITIES MASTER PLAN?
Three main goals of the 2020 OUSD Facilities Master Plan are:
1. Ensure that investment in schools aligns with the district’s strategic Citywide Plan over the next 5-10 years
2. Provide transparency to the public on what projects are being funded and the data that informs the decisions
3. Enable the district to put a Bond on the 2020 ballot so that Oakland’s voters may elect to invest in schools.
By virtue of work done in support of OUSD’s Citywide Plan, much of the foundational work that precedes a typical Facilities Master Plan has already been done. Thus for OUSD, the 2019 Facilities Master Plan will involve organizing and validating information rather than starting from scratch.
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