The last time the Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School District completed the Facilities Master Planning process was back in 2013. At their meeting on April 9 at the District Administration Center in Adel, the School Board approved a committee and kicked off the process for a new facilities master plan.


“The committee is a really good one, so I’m excited about this,” said A-D-M Superintendent Greg Dufoe.


The Facilities Master Plan will look at each attendance center in the district and address the space needs. It will also determine if any capital projects or expansion projects will be needed to support additional growth.


The process will include two school board meetings, eight committee meetings and two public forums. The process is expected to be completed on Jan. 14, 2019 with the School Board’s approval of the committee’s recommendations based on input from the School Board, the school Administration, RSP and Associates, the committee and the community.


The committee meetings will have agendas posted at least 24 hours in advance and are open to public viewing, but are not open to public participation. The public forums will allow for public input.


The committee consists of a total of 25 members, including eight school employees, eight parents, all three City Mayors, Jim Peters of Adel, Butch Ostrander of DeSoto and Travis Connick of Minburn, all four school principals and Tim Canney and Rod Collins of the school board.


According to a presentation from RSP and Associates, the time for a new facilities master plan came about because of residential development activity due to Adel’s tax abatement, increasing enrollment from younger families relocating to the community and capacity and classroom space needed for the future.


During the presentation, RSP gave the school board members a chance to express how they are feeling about the upcoming process and the feelings included “hopeful,” “anxious” and “excited.”


During the presentation from RSP, the School Board determined their key issues and categorized them as “Absolutes,” “Tier One Priorities,” and “Tier Two Priorities.”


The absolutes include:


1. Defining what equity means in the creation of improvements or new facilities.


2. Ensure all schools are safe and secure.


The tier one priorities include:


1. Build community support in the creation of a Facility Master Plan which will promote world-class academic opportunities for every student to be college and/or career successful.


2. What is the ideal grade configuration and appropriate transitions.


3. Defining what a neighborhood means and if or when there is a transition from grade centers to neighborhood attendance areas.


4. Plan for future changes in the district.


5. Funding availability to support the desired academic programming and capacity need.


The tier two priorities include:


1. Provide guidance on what happens with existing buildings.


2. What is the ideal capacity of a school.


3. Provide a timeline for any future building.


The first committee meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 18. The first public input meeting is scheduled for June 20, 2018.