District to Conduct Comprehensive Facility Study
The Edgerton School District’s mission is to ensure that all students have the foundational skills necessary to succeed in the path they choose beyond high school. To accomplish our mission, the new strategic plan emphasizes five pillars of excellence: Teaching, Learning & Instruction, Students’ Social & Emotional Well-Being, Staff Engagement & Effectiveness, Family & Community Partnerships, and Finance, Facilities & Operations. Within each pillar, five year goals have been established supported by annual targets. The work completed in each pillar is vital to achieving our mission.
One goal within the Finance, Facilities & Operations pillar is to analyze the current state of our facilities and the capacity to serve the needs of our students today and into the future. As a result, the District is in the process of conducting a comprehensive facilities study. On November 28, 2016, the Board of Education approved securing the services of Roger Price from WASB (Wisconsin Association of School Boards) to conduct a comprehensive facilities study of our schools. The facilities study will examine the current condition of each school building, identify the program needs that support teaching and learning, and eventually be used to generate a master plan to address the facility needs that exist throughout the district.
The Edgerton School District does an excellent job of maintaining current facilities and is committed to providing an environment that is conducive to teaching and learning. However, the reality is our schools are aging. The newest school in the District is our middle school which was built in 1979 with an addition put on in 2000. Yahara Valley Elementary School was built in 1960 and had additions added in 1970 and 2000. Community Elementary School was built in 1954 with additions put on in 1957 and 1990. The High School was built in 1962 with additions put on in 1973 and 2000.
In 2011, the HVAC at Yahara Valley Elementary School, Community Elementary School and the High School was updated improving efficiency and reducing energy costs. That same year plumbing and lighting was updated in all schools to increase utility savings. In 2012, the Edgerton residents approved a referendum which included updates to the majority of roofs at each school, replaced all single pane windows with energy efficient windows and repaired or replaced most of the District parking lots. The referendum also included updates to our technology infrastructure and hardware.
The facility study will include a thorough analysis of the District: Facilities and Systems, Operational Efficiency, Health and Safety, Functionality, External Considerations, Demographics, and Financials. It is our hope that the study is complete by the fall of 2017.
In order to ensure that all students have the foundational skills necessary to succeed in the path they choose beyond high school, we must ensure that our facilities support 21st Century learning opportunities. The District website will provide regular updates on all aspects of the facility study along with a link to FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).
It is a privilege to serve as the District Administrator in the Edgerton School District.
Dr. Dennis Pauli