9000 - Planning for Facility Needs
The Avery County Board of Education strives to provide safe, orderly and inviting schools for students and staff. The board also strives to provide other facilities needed to support the educational program. Long-range planning by the board and superintendent is essential for providing an education environment where students can succeed.
The board will adopt a long-range plan that identifies the facility needs of the school district and sets forth a plan for how to meet these needs. The plan will address the issue of whether to renovate existing facilities or build new facilities. The plan also will incorporate, where appropriate; consider creative options for meeting the needs of the educational program such as expansion or reduction through modular construction, future alternatives uses of space, the availability of community facilities, the use of temporary facilities or leasing arrangements, and sharing facilities with other school districts.
The following information will be considered in developing and adopting a long-range plan.
- Data that reflect the possibility of enrollment declines or increases as well as other demographic changes in the population of students that are or may be served.
- A facilities inventory that includes the size of sites, building capacities, age of buildings, energy consumption, ability to utilize technology, the suitability of the space for its current or future purpose, and accessibility by the community.
- The availability or anticipated availability of innovations in construction or design that would allow existing buildings to be renovated or new facilities constructed at a lower cost, in a more energy efficient manner, or in a way which will better meet the needs of the educational program.
The superintendent may utilize the services of consultant to obtain information necessary for the long-range planning process. All professional contracts must be approved by the board. School staffs, students and parents will be involved in considering the needs for new and renovated facilities.
The board will work with the board of county commissioners when possible in developing a five-year capital outlay plan. The board and superintendent will endeavor to communicate with other governmental bodies and the public in a positive and persuasive manner the need for school construction and consequently, the need for necessary funding.
Legal Reference: G.S. 115C-47, -204, -276, -426.2, -521, -524, 530; -531, -532; 143-129; 153A-164
Revised: 2008-11-03; 2012-04-16