Work Group Meeting Updates

Nov. 20, 2017

Members who were able to attend the Nov. 15 community engagement session shared some of the feedback they heard at their tables. (A full report on the input gathered that evening will be forthcoming.) A representative of Perkins + Will, the consulting architecture firm for Imagine, reprised the community presentation on future-ready learning spaces and discussed the master planning process. The group discussed site visits to peer schools that recently have done major facilities renovations and/or additions; these will be arranged to take place in January. 

 

Nov. 15, 2017, Community Engagement Session

In addition to members of Imagine OPRF, roughly 60 community members participated in the first community engagement session of the Imagine process. Chairs of the four work group teams (Academics/Student Achievement, Athletics/Extracurriculars, Performing & Fine Arts, and Physical Condition/Safety & Security) introduced their members and updated the group on their research process so far. A representative of Perkins + Will, the consulting architecture firm for Imagine, presented on future-ready learning spaces. Attendees then worked in small groups to provide a list of things they'd like the Imagine group to consider as it conducts research and creates its facilities plan recommendations.  

Oct. 23, 2017

The four Imagine subgroups reported out on their initial research, emphasizing that much more needs to be done in the coming weeks. Groups have created detailed spreadsheets to capture the facilities that fall into their purview, current capacity of these areas, and anticipated future needs. Detailed and ongoing interviews with faculty and staff will reveal more information. Nearly all Imagine members took a scheduled tour of the building at least once, and some visited multiple times. Some themes that appear to be emerging and will be examined further include:

  • Classrooms in general: The flexible furnishings that have replaced old-style desks in many classrooms are much more conducive to student collaboration and teachers like them. However, they take up more room, and many classrooms are too small to accommodate them comfortably.

  • Specific classroom areas:  Science classrooms need to be reconfigured to improve safety. Special Education classrooms are cramped and need more space for equipment; many areas of the building do not accommodate wheelchairs. Fine and applied arts have too many dysfunctional spaces and obsolete equipment, with issues of accessibility, adequacy, and safety.

  • Teacher offices: Some teachers prefer having their own classrooms, while others are finding they like the collegiality of cubicle pods, though the lack of privacy for student meetings is a problem.

  • Athletic/Physical Education areas: Too many spaces are outdated, overcrowded, inaccessible, inflexible, and lacking in storage.

Sept. 11, 2017

The meeting was led by Imagine OPRF co-chairs Lynn Kamenitsa and Mike Poirier. Both Lynn and Mike are community members who were active around last fall's bond referendum question. Lynn served as the campaign manager for the Vote Yes group, while Mike was a leading member of Pragmatic Pool Solutions, which advocated voting no.

Prior to the meeting, work group members received their assignment to one of four teams: Academics/Student Achievement, Athletics/Extracurriculars, Performing & Fine Arts, and Physical Condition/Safety & Security. Lynn and Mike gave an overview of the Work Team Roadmap, which provides a timeframe and suggested guiding questions for the teams.

The bulk of the meeting was a work session for the teams to introduce themselves, choose chairs, and begin creating a list of information and resources needed during this first, intensive research phase of Imagine OPRF.

Aug. 26, 2017, Orientation

The work group convened for introductions, presentations on the history of facilities work at the high school and the work ahead for Imagine OPRF, a description of the teams into which the work group will be divided, and a Q and A. 

  • Click here for the presentation PowerPoint.

  • Imagine OPRF members were charged with keeping racial equity at the forefront as they conduct fact-finding and develop facilities options. Click here for the racial equity lens that was provided as a framing document.

  • Each member received a binder with a collection of foundational background documents. Click here for a listing of and links to the documents.

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