When a district undergoes the strategic planning process, multiple variables and numerous resources must be considered before the design and build process is started. Strategic Resources West understands the nuances of school planning and what to look for to ensure that the process goes as smooth as possible.
As an unbiased third-party partner, we perform a situation analysis regarding your district before heading into the planning process. From here a clear plan is developed to include: the Facility Master Plan, Educational Specifications, Site Selection, Funding, Design and Construction, and Monitoring and Management of capital resources. Listen to our short audio on Success Stories.
Expert Advisory Services
Superintendents, CFOs and other school district personnel often need an on-call resource to provide expert advice on their big-picture issues involving facilities and site planning. Denny Hill offers personal advising services to key school district personnel so that you get an objective viewpoint to the needs of the issues in your district.
What is the current situation? Where are we going and how do we get there? These questions are at the heart of Strategic Planning. A complete Strategic Plan is the single best resource for a school district. Strategic Planning includes creating a plan from conception to completion, looking at the capital mitigation alternatives and implementing a plan of action, and conducting a competitive positioning and marketing strategy for your district.
Fiscal Impact Analysis
Now, more than ever, school districts are being asked to make important budget decisions with long ranging consequences. In making these decisions, it is extremely important to review both short-term and long-term consequences in making critical fiscal decisions. Strategic Resources West, Inc. is well-versed in such fiscal impact assessments, whether for the next budget year or for the long haul. We can successfully guide you through this important process to make the best decisions.
Facility Efficiency and Utilization Audit
School Districts often need an independent, objective overview of their facility issues that should be addressed today – so they don’t turn into major problems tomorrow. Strategic Resources West offers a Facility Efficiency and Utilization Audit that guides your decision-making and saves you money.
Educational specifications define the programmatic, functional and spatial requirements of the educational facility in written and graphic form. Strategic Resources West assists in developing the Educational Specifications policy, regulation and guidelines with input from teachers, administrators and on-site personnel to align with the curriculum from one grade level to the next. This ensures a cohesive and fully functional building that enables its students and staff to focus on learning.
Strategic Resources West will complete an enrollment history analysis, as well as analyze the impact of private, charter, and schools of choice enrollment for your school district.
School Site Selection
We will guide you through the future school site selection process, including land dedication and cash-in-lieu calculations before you hire a design and construction firm. We will also develop the school site policy and regulations for each site.
Capacity and Program Analysis
Do you really want the gym next to the library? In order to fully understand and develop a complete master facility plan, a current infrastructure analysis is done that includes: room utilization studies, enrollment capacity analysis, and policy, regulation and guideline development. This guides the district in creating a plan that is in tune with the educational specifications, as well as good old common sense.
Residential Development and GIS Models
Where are the kids and how many? Strategic Resources West will analyze the residential development surrounding your district to analyze the number of students generated over the long-term, the grade level of the students to be served, and where those students will reside.
The use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology is applied when creating residential development analyses. GIS assists in the creation of mapping and school boundary development, and enrollment projection mapping to provide a glimpse into the future and how the influx of students will affect a certain area of your school district.
We can be your public representative and assist your district in developing task forces to improve community awareness and increase the chances of voter buy-in when important bond issues are at stake. Strategic Resources West also will conduct public meetings to inform and educate the public regarding the district.
Demographics and Socioeconomics
Every school administrator should be in touch with the socioeconomic factors affecting their students. To stay abreast of any changes, Strategic Resources West offers complete economic and socioeconomic analyses for your district including: a situation review, employment outlook, assessed value analysis and bonding implications, demographic studies, and economic indicators. We then assist you in understanding the influence these factors play on enrollment and facilities.