At their April 18, 2017 meeting, the Goochland County School Board approved the award of a contract to Cooperative Strategies, LLC for a Long-Term Demographic and Educational Facilities Planning Study. This study will allow our school division to conduct a thorough analysis of anticipated student enrollment as well as an assessment of our school capacities. This assessment will allow our school division to create a long term, fiscally-responsible plan for the best use of our current facilities and will also provide the information needed to best plan for any future construction that may be needed. The development of this long-term plan for our community has implications for many different stakeholders. As such, this study will involve a community steering committee with public presentations at both School Board and Board of Supervisors meetings.
For the past several months, we have had conversations with representatives from Goochland County administration to plan for the future needs of our community and to make well-planned and fiscally-responsible decisions regarding capital projects. At their meeting on May 2, 2017, the Goochland County Board of Supervisors appropriated the funds necessary for us to complete this important study, allowing us to be poised to provide our students with the facilities that will support our instructional objectives well into the future.
We are very thankful for the Supervisor’s support of this project! In order to begin this process, our school division has formed a steering committee of community stakeholders to assist in the transparent and collaborative development of a this comprehensive facilities master plan. The Steering Committee will be charged with ensuring that equity and fairness is maintained throughout the planning process. The committee may also review and confirm decisions at critical junctures, and assist in resolving conflicting recommendations prior to submittal of a facility master plan for approval. Experts from Cooperative Strategies, an educational facilities planning firm, will facilitate the process.
There will be several Steering Committee meetings, with the first meeting being held on June 7th at 6:00 p.m. in Classroom 143 at Goochland High School. This meeting is open to the public and all are invited to attend. At this initial meeting, steering committee members will review data and information and will be engaged in work that is facilitated by our the team from Cooperative Strategies. This in attendance who are not on the steering committee will be able to see and hear the presentations and the work of the committee, but will not be able to participate. There will be several opportunities for participation from the public as a whole in future settings including a Community Dialogue that will focus on receiving input on facility options that are created as a part of this Steering Committee process.
I’ll be sure to let you know more about this project as it evolves in the coming months.
Jeremy Raley, Superintendent