The Cedar Rapids Community School District has been given the green light by the School Board to begin the architect selection process for a new Coolidge. While this is only the first step in a four-step process which would eventually include a design and community conversation phase, a bid phase, and a construction phase, it’s an important step. The future of the Facility Master Plan and how it will be addressed beyond this initial step remains reliant on whether or not SAVE will be extended in the next legislative session.
Initiating this process positions the Cedar Rapids Community School District to move forward in the context of a most fiscally responsible timeline with the ensuing steps in the process: community conversations and design phase, bid phase, and construction phase in the event that SAVE is extended. If SAVE is not extended, the school district will revisit the timeline and make a determination on how to proceed.
“The Cedar Rapids Community School District is eager to deliver on its promise of Every Learner: Future Ready and we are working hard to further improve our strong teaching practices, our workforce, and our facilities to most effectively meet the needs of our 21st-century learners,” said Superintendent Brad Buck. “The future-ready Facility Master Plan is one of several bold and game-changing efforts underway to achieve our goals.”
The future-ready Facility Master Plan is an effort driven by community and district collaboration, along with an immense amount of data and analysis. The plan ensures that all elementary facilities optimize the learning and teaching experiences for CRCSD students and staff. A committee of community members and district employees met over the course of 15 months to design the plan which was presented to the Board of Education in 2017 and adopted in 2018.
Community members can follow the future-ready facilities process at crfuturereadyschools.com.