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2024 Facility Master Planning Process

Hopewell Area SD: 2024 Facility Master Planning Update & Process

Renewing the Hopewell Area SD's 2019 Feasibility Study into 2023-24.

In winter 2023, the Hopewell Area SD requested an update to the 2018-2020 feasibility study performed by VEBH Architects. VEBH now operates under DRAW Collective. Hence, DRAW Collective took over the initiative with Mr. Dan Engen continuing efforts on the district's behalf. Mr. Engen was also involved in the prior study. To separate the two studies for readers, the current study is titled "2024", as the bulk of those efforts will take place in the spring of 2024. The former study is labeled as "2019", and those informational details are linked just below the current study name on the district's main website (left column).

On December 5, 2023, Mr. Dan Engen made an initial presentation at the School Board meeting to outline a new facilities planning process that will encompass a plan for all district facilities. The 2019 study emphasized elementary grade levels and building considerations, while the 2024 facilities planning process will evaluate the entire district and consider options to efficiently and effectively educate all students for decades to come. For clarity, there will be no changes to the district's current educational model in 2024-25 to allow for an authentic planning and communication process. The district will operate in 2024-25 in the same manner as is ongoing in 2023-24, with grade levels and school building locations remaining intact. The 2024 master planning process timeline is articulated below along with meeting invitations, notes, slideshows, and video recordings, as available.  Please scroll down the page to view all of the updates in chronological order. DRAW Collective's presentations that occurred at public School Board meetings are linked below.

Superintendent Letter to District Families Regarding Facility Planning Process 1-19-2024 (Letter Updated 2-2-2024)
*Update to letter now includes the date/time/location of the "Community Meeting" on February 20. 2024 (7PM) in HS Cafe.

Superintendent Letter to District Families Regarding (February 20, 2024) Community Meeting Invitation 2-5-2024

Superintendent Letter to District Families Regarding (February 20, 2024) Community Meeting Reminder 2-17-2024

The superintendent letter dated 2-17-2024 above contains embedded links for the following services for the 2-20-2024 Community Meeting, if needed.  The hyperlinks can be accessed through the superintendent's letter or below to register for childcare services or a virtual link.  In-person meeting attendees not seeking childcare services do not need to preregister.  Just show up!
1.) Request childcare services at HASD Facility Planning Community Meeting 2-20-2024 HERE.
2.) Request virtual session link for the HASD Facility Planning Community Meeting 2-20-2024 HERE.
*The district recommends that participants attend in person, if possible.  The online experience will be limited. 

Next Public/Community Meeting: February 20, 2024 (7PM) in Hopewell High School Cafeteria
*All public community members are invited to attend this meeting to share information and solicit thoughts for a renewed District-Wide Master Facility Plan.  All input is appreciated.  Those attending should enter Hopewell High School through the gym/auditorium entrance and proceed upstairs to the cafeteria.

A "Frequently Asked Questions" document will be embedded in this location once it has been created. Questions can be emailed to [email protected] for consideration.

Proposed Timeline:
*Dates/Times/Locations will be updated herein once confirmed for stakeholder and community engagement opportunities.
December 5, 2023 -Public School Board Meeting (7PM, Central Office Board Room), Goals and Planning for a Renewed Process (Presentation slideshow and video linked below).
January 9, 2024 -Public School Board Meeting (7PM, Central Office Board Room), Building Capacities, Student Enrollments, and Potential School/Building Grouping Options (Presentation slideshow and video linked below).
January 15, 2024 -Teacher In-Service Day Assembly, Inform and Solicit Initial Thoughts.
February 20, 2024 -Community Assembly, (7PM, High School Cafeteria) Inform and Solicit Initial Thoughts.
TBD (Feb) -Department Chairs and Teacher Leader Meeting, Brainstorm Session.
March 12, 2024 -Public School Board Meeting (7PM), Facility Options Presentation.
TBD (Mar/Apr) -Department Chairs and Teacher Leader Meeting, Viable Options Discussion.
TBD (Apr) -Community Work Meeting, School as Community Asset.
May 14, 2024 -Public School Board Meeting (7PM), Final Recommendations.
May 28, 2024 -Public School Board Meeting (7PM), Final Selection and Authorization.

PUBLIC MEETING SUMMARIES AND VIDEOS:

December 5, 2023 (7PM) Public School Board Meeting Notes and Presentation:
*Hopewell Area SD Facility Master Planning and Process Renewed.


Facility Master Planning District Goals and Objectives:
1.) Provide 21st Century Learning Environments
2.) Eliminate Educational, Facility & Staffing Inequities
3.) Consolidate School Buildings into 2-3 Facilities
4.) Add Efficiency and Reduce Operational Costs
5.) Improve Quality and Long-term Maintainability of Facilities (Warm, Safe, and Dry)

January 9, 2024 (7PM) Public School Board Meeting Notes and Presentation:
*Current Building Capacities, Student Enrollments, and Potential School/Building Grouping Options.


Next Public/Community Meeting: February 20, 2024 (7PM) in Hopewell High School Cafeteria 
Invitation to the public to inform and solicit thoughts towards a renewed District-Wide Master Facility Plan and possibilities.



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