Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a Facility Master Plan?
The Facility Master Plan (FMP) guides district decision making about the use of its buildings. The FMP:
- outlines the current status and future use of district facilities,
- guides the development of future capital improvements, and
- supports planning for future bond elections.
The FMP is a living document and is reviewed periodically. The district hopes to use the current update to guide modernization of AISD schools and other buildings, many of which are over 50 years old.
2. What is the Facility and Bond Planning Advisory Committee (FABPAC)? What role are they playing in the FMP update and bond planning?
The FABPAC is a Board of Trustees-appointed committee made up of 18 community members, many of whom are parents or involved in their school communities. Their role is to advise the Board of Trustees and the Superintendent on updating the FMP and develop recommendations for bond proposals.
3. Does this Facility Master Plan work for the next bond only, or is there more to it?
The Facility Master Plan is a long-range plan that will help guide the district’s efforts to improve school building and other facilities for the next 15 to 25 years. The current effort to update the FMP will result in both a long-range plan for facilities and also a specific set of proposals for the next bond election. All bond proposals would have to be approved by the Board of Trustees after an extensive community engagement process. Ultimately, all bonds have to be approved by the voters.
4. Are you going to close schools?
Significant community engagement will occur before any decision like that is made. The goal is to allocate AISD resources to help students learn and serve the needs of the community. Decisions will ultimately be made by the AISD Board based on facility data and community input.
5. How can the community be involved in updating the Facility Master Plan?
There are many ways to get involved! Regional meetings will begin again in September and continue throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Because many people want to stay informed but may not be able to attend meetings, the district will offer digital opportunities (Twitter Town Halls, emails, and web announcements) to keep you informed. Finally, district staff and members of the FABPAC hope to work with community groups and schools to both keep you informed and gather feedback as we update the plan.
6. How can I sign up to receive information about the Facility Master Plan process?
For more informaiton about the Facility Master Plan process, please visit www.AISDFuture.com. You can also register your email address to receive periodic updates.