A: We are in an era of diminishing public resources needed to operate our facilities. This is a reality facing school districts nationwide. Diminishing public resources, the age of our facilities, and the costs associated with operating aging facilities were three factors which initiated a re-examination of our facilities and necessitated a formation of a Facilities Master Plan. Like many school districts throughout the decades, CRCSD has generally relied on various approaches to maintaining facilities which included construction of additions to aging inventory, frequent repairs to outdated systems and infrastructure, and costly updates to aged facilities to meet ADA compliance.
These approaches are costly due, in part, to the age of our facilities. Maintenance and repair costs now equal or exceed 75% of the cost of building completely new facilities in 18 of our 21 elementary buildings. Consideration for replacing an “old” building with a new structure begins when maintenance and repair costs exceed 50% of building new.
While economic factors initiated the conversation regarding a re-examination of our facilities, as we adopted a new proactive academic vision of Every Learner: Future Ready, it became important to CRCSD and the FMP Committee that we consider how we may use a fiscally imperative adjustment to facilities to also re-imagine how we could proactively and strategically design sustainable infrastructure that would lead to optimal academic experiences for our students and staff.