Facility Planning

Master Plan

May 13, 2024 - The Salida School District Board of Education is currently considering the draft version of an updated Facility Master Plan. The intent of this Facility Master Plan is to identify facility challenges facing the Salida School District at present, to set forth a strategic option(s) to accommodate projected enrollment growth, and guidelines for facility investments to support on-going facility maintenance. The Board of Education retained DLR Group and Western Demographics to assist in this effort, focusing on a strategic, long-term facilities plan to address the district’s enrollment and infrastructure needs.  Shannon Bingham, (Western Demographics) provided a new enrollment forecast model in June 2023.  The Facility Master Plan builds upon the report completed in 2008 and 2019.

The purpose of the Facility Master Plan is to develop a strategic plan of action that will accommodate the district’s growth in educational programs and facility capacity decisions for the foreseeable future. This plan should be used to support and inform the district’s financial plan and strategic program plan to:

1. Avoid the expenditure of operational dollars on facility components that are not maintained.
2. Delay or reduce future capital bond (taxes) through strategic long-term planning.

The board is interested in gathering feedback, and will offer opportunities for the community to engage in the process. The following links include the DRAFT version of the plan, and two videos sharing more detail (one is longer and more in depth). After reviewing the draft, watching the videos, and engaging with the board, the community is invited to submit feedback through the below linked survey. 

DRAFT - Salida R-32-J Master Facility Plan
DRAFT - Master Facility Plan Executive Summary
Master Facility Plan Video Walkthrough - Long Version
Master Facility Plan Video Walkthrough - Short Version
Master Facility Plan Feedback Survey
 - Open until July 31, 2024

The board has also scheduled the following community listening sessions with a focus on the Master Facility Plan:

Wednesday, May 15, 2024, 10 a.m., Romeo's Pancakes
Thursday, May 16, 2024, 5:30 p.m., Mo Burrito

Thursday, May 16, 2024 7 p.m., Staff Master Facility Plan Q&A with Dr. David Blackburn, Superintendent - Google Meet (check staff email for link) 
Friday, May 17, 2024 8-10 a.m. Staff Master Facility Plan Q&A with Dr. David Blackburn, Superintendent - Coffee by Topo, F Street

Demographic Study

Spring 2024 Western Demographics Updated Enrollment Forecast
Spring 2023 Western Demographics
Summer 2023 Chaffee County Demographics Review
 - Colorado State Demographer Elizabeth Garner

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