Phase I Projects Approved
WDMCS Moves Forward with Phase I Facilities Projects
The Board of Education approved Phase I of the West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) Master Facilities Plan on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. The decision to split the master plan into phases for both approval and completion allows the district to move forward with critical projects that align with the framework approved in January 2018.
In addition, these projects can be paid for with Physical Plant and Equipment Levy (PPEL) funding. PPEL funds may be used to purchase educational technology, update computer systems as needed, and make safety improvements and building repairs and renovations.
Phase I Projects Overview
Prior to developing a master facilities plan, WDMCS determined in 2016 that Clive Learning Academy, Crestview School of Inquiry, and Western Hills Elementary each needed renovations to support space needs and building repairs. A summary for each building below provides a project overview, estimated costs, and projected timeline.
In addition to projects within the Master Facilities Plan, the Board of Education approved moving forward with specific updates at Valley High School and Valley Stadium. These improvements will also be funded through PPEL dollars. The timeline for each project will be established throughout the 2018-19 school year.
Implementation of future master plan phases will heavily rely on funding from the one-cent sales tax (SAVE) program which requires legislative approval. This topic is slated to be on the 2019 Iowa legislative agenda. SAVE funding can be used on construction, repair, demolition, and/or building purchases for schools, stadiums, gyms, field houses, and bus garages.
The Board directed WDMCS administration at the Sept. 24 Board workshop to review detailed plans from Option A and Option B to cut out the overages in the budget to meet $141,000,000—the estimated total available funding if the legislature passes SAVE along with already-approved PPEL funding.
Remaining under $141,000,000 would eliminate the need to seek a bond referendum and affirm the six Board goals which start with the focus on INSTRUCTIONAL NEEDS drive CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS.
Improve learning environments.
Maintain student attendance centers at Stilwell and Indian Hills
Create facilities with baseline equitable spaces.
Create minimum three-year attendance facilities.
Maintain district facility inventory.
Maintain current district boundaries.
WDMCS administration will continue facilities master planning throughout the 2018-19 school year.