Facilities Master Plan

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BACKGROUND:
In the fall of 2020, Manitou Springs School District 14 partnered with a team of architects from TreanorHL to develop a Long Range Facilities Master Plan (FMP). The resulting document, which can be found here, describes MSSD’s vision for its classrooms and buildings, defining our dreams and our needs, and guiding our planning and improvements for the future.

The FMP was developed through the work of a number of groups:

The Master Planning process was conducted in a collaborative and hands-on manner that involved multiple levels of communication and coordination. The planning process was sub-divided into four separate working groups – the Board of Education, Executive Team, the Visioning Team, and the Master Planning Consultant Team. These four teams worked both independently and collectively to ensure that the planning for Manitou Springs School District was developed holistically.


The master planning process involved the work of many groups within the Manitou Springs community, including the District, the School Board, school administrators, staff, students, and community members.

The primary teams were:
  • The Executive Team: primary decision-making group comprised of the District Superintendent, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Facilities who makes final recommendations to the Board.
  • The Visioning Team: the group setting the framework for the master plan strategy; comprised of members of the Executive Team, staff and community members.
  • Educational Programming Meetings: Meetings with key educators at every school provided input on their educational goals and how their existing facilities supported or hindered those goals.
  • Student Meetings: Separate meetings with high, middle and elementary school students provided their unique perspectives to their community and schools.

The Master Planning process analyzed:

  • Existing facility conditions,
  • Demographic and enrollment forecasts,
  • Educational adequacy and the District bonding capacity,
These items were reviewed, discussed and prioritized through a series of interactive meetings with the Executive and Visioning.

The Board of Education participated in a Special Work Session on October 10, 2020, at 4:30 pm, when preliminary information and material was presented for Board feedback. The presentation can be found here.

Based on input from the community and the committees, plans for MSSD continued to evolve, and updated concepts for these sites were presented to the Board and the public on January 11, 2021 and posted here.

The Board of Education approved a resolution on February 8, 2021 that declared support for the BEST Grant submission to the Colorado Department of Education Public School Capital Construction Assistance Board. The resolution can be found here.



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