The Francis Howell School District has worked proactively to develop a Comprehensive Facilities Master Plan (CFMP) that identifies both the current state of the District’s facilities as well as its future needs.
The District has 29 separate facilities, including three early childhood centers, ten elementary schools, five middle schools, three high schools, an administration building, and seven other sites. These sites include over 2.7 million square feet of building space under roof, with miles of plumbing and wiring and hundreds of mechanical systems. The average building in the District is 30 years old, and the oldest building is now more than 50 years old. Many systems, like HVAC, plumbing, and electrical, are reaching the end of their useful life.
The Facilities Committee, made up of Board members, building administrators, community members, and facilities managers, met over the spring and summer of 2019 to identify priority areas in the CFMP and to determine the initial phases of a multi-year plan to address facility issues. They presented those priority areas and potential costs to the Board of Education during work sessions in August and September.
The plan calls for major updates at the older schools in the District, including Henderson, Fairmount, Becky-David, Hollenbeck, and Barnwell. The CFMP includes improvements and safety updates at all FHSD schools. The plan also includes the construction of a new Francis Howell North High School.
The FHSD Board of Education is considering placing a no tax rate increase bond issue on a future ballot to pay for the construction, repair, and renovation costs outlined in the CFMP. The bond issue would NOT raise the tax rate, and funds from a bond issue CANNOT be used to pay for salaries, benefits, supplies, utilities, or other operating costs.
District residents can provide feedback through a variety of channels –
• Thoughtexchange survey https://tinyurl.com/FHSDThoughtexchange (also on the District website)
• Informational meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 7:00 p.m. in the Board Room at the Administration Building, 4545 Central School Road, St. Charles, MO 63304
• Monthly Board of Education Meetings
The District is at a critical juncture in terms of facilities. Older buildings require significant repair and maintenance. The CFMP is intended to help determine how best to address these issues, and the funds from bond sales approved by our voters would allow the District to do the work necessary to adequately meet the learning needs of our students today and in the future.