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District to create facilities advisory task force

Dec. 14, 2016: The Fayetteville-Manlius Board of Education held its third public discussion in one week on facilities planning and is moving ahead with creating a facilities advisory task force.

During a Dec. 13 special board meeting to discuss facilities, board members tasked Superintendent Craig J. Tice to propose to the board a list of community members, experts and district staff to serve on the task force. They also discussed using an outside facilitator to manage the group so it stays focused on goals set by the superintendent in conjunction with the board. The task force would be charged with making recommendations to the board, which may or may not agree with the group’s recommendations.

The board has used advisory task forces in the past. It created an advisory task force in 2010 when it weighed constructing a new bus garage and again in 2011 when it considered adding a school resource officer.

The board hired educational consultants School Leadership, LLC to conduct a review of the district’s facility needs in the spring. Included in the group’s October report to the board are five possible options for the district to move forward with addressing those needs.

On Dec. 12, board members narrowed those options and will no longer consider combining the district’s two middle schools, building a new high school or repurposing the current Wellwood Middle School to be used for something other than a school building, such as district office space. The board is still deliberating on whether it will build a new Wellwood Middle School or refurbish the existing structure, some of which dates to the original 1933 construction.

The board must still address district wide facility needs, such as limited space for increased enrollment at Enders Road Elementary School and infrastructure issues at Wellwood and F-M High School. 

In November, the board established its top priorities as drivers for future facility decisions, based on information the consultants gathered through numerous stakeholder focus groups, community forums, building walk-throughs and an online community survey. Instructional programming emerged as the highest priority, but the potential costs of each project are also being closely weighed.

District staff is working with architects and engineers to take a holistic look at the three buildings and plan to present updates on project options and associated costs to the board of education during its Jan. 9 meeting. The board is considering adding a special meeting at the end of January so they can then review the list of renovation options.

The board is encouraging community feedback regarding the district’s facilities. To review the planning process to date and weigh in, please visit the F-M Let’s Talk! webpage at’stalk.

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