Columbia school's planning committee set to turn future into the present

2 years 1 month 1 week ago Wednesday, September 13 2017 Sep 13, 2017 Wednesday, September 13, 2017 3:38:00 PM CDT September 13, 2017 in News
By: Jacob Seus, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA- The Columbia Long-range Facilities Planning Committee is set to begin its ten-year long facilities plan.

In an open meeting Thursday night, the committee will discuss goals and projects they want to accomplish by 2027. It is made up of community members, administrators, and several members of the board of education.

Among those projects will be working on a plan to accommodate continued district population growth. 

Other topics will be potential renovations to Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School and building an entirely new middle school.

Members of the board were unable to speak prior to the meeting, but Community Relations Director Michelle Baumstark said this is crucial to help put the future into the present.

“When we first started the initial ten-year plan back in 2006, all the goals our community gave us helped to drive our decision making,” Baumstark said. “We have accomplished quite a bit over the last ten years and we are now asking our community where do they want us to go next?”

The committee invites the community to be a part of the planning process. Anyone can go to this meeting and offer input on future plans going forward.

“We need feedback and input from the community,” Baumstark said. “They help to drive our decision making and our planning.”

Redistricting will not be on the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting, but Baumstark said that is something the committee will look at again a year from now.

If you're unable to make this meeting, there are other options.

The board invites community members to come to the Stoney Creek Hotel from 6-8 p.m. on October 2nd to talk about district facility needs and goals.

After the meeting in October, the committee will put together a comprehensive plan to try and reach those goals.

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