UPDATE: May 10, 2016
What is BuildBPS?
 
BuildBPS , a 10-Year Facilities Master Plan, will provide a strategic framework for capital investments in Boston Public Schools (BPS) facilities over the next decade.
 
The purpose of BuildBPS is to guide construction and renovation projects in an equitable way, based on the district's educational vision for the schools, as well as new and existing data related to building conditions, student demographics, financial resources, and community priorities.
 
Download an Overview of BuildBPS .

NEW: Community Survey
 
Win an electronic tablet!
 
BuildBPS is seeking input from parents, students, staff, partners, and neighbors to deepen our understanding of:
  •  How you see school buildings today and the programs offered within them, and
  •  Your hopes and expectations for improved buildings and programs in the future.
Please take about 10 minutes to answer a short survey to share your opinions about a particular school. You can complete a separate survey for each school your children attend or to which you are connected. Individuals who complete the survey and wish to provide their contact information (not required) will be entered into a raffle to win an electronic tablet.
 
The survey is posted here in nine languages. Please respond by Monday, May 30.
Project Updates
 
BuildBPS is led by a management team and five working teams, which include representation from the Boston Public Schools, the City of Boston, the Boston Teachers Union, parent and student advocacy groups, and various other partner and community-based organizations. Here are some of the activities each team is working on:
  • The Facilities Assessment team is responsible for visiting and evaluating all 128 buildings in the Boston Public Schools. Over the past four months, assessment teams visited 19 "prototype" schools that represent a cross-section of construction eras, neighborhoods, and grade configurations. Led by architects, engineers, and educational planners from SMMA, in partnership with each school principal, the teams conduct in each building both a facility assessment (to take inventory of the building layout and condition) and an educational assessment (to determine the adequacy of spaces for the educational programs offered). The teams have established an aggressive schedule to visit every building in the district by the end of June.
  • The Education Planning team explores how Boston's school facilities can support the district's educational priorities, particularly to ensure that schools are designed and equipped for innovative, 21st century teaching and learning. The group has researched and discussed numerous topics, including Universal Design for Learning (UDL), grade configurations and feeder patterns, digital learning, collaborative spaces, and expansion options for early childhood education. The team has plans to examine special education and related services, athletics, and food services.
  • In addition to developing the multilingual survey described above, the Community Engagement team meets regularly to devise and execute a broad range of communications tools and strategies to increase public awareness about and involvement in BuildBPS. The team is developing print and digital resources about the project, as well as opportunities for live engagement to ensure ongoing, widespread participation in the master planning process.
  • The Demographics team is working to develop enrollment projections - by school, grade, neighborhood, educational program, and other factors - for estimating space needs over the next 10 years. The team is reviewing both current student populations and anticipated housing patterns in Boston in order to analyze where students are likely to live. This information will be used to identify areas of population growth and decline and to develop appropriate strategies to address the facility implications for different parts of the city.
  • The Finance team is exploring options for financing the capital costs associated with the facilities master plan, in order to ensure that any proposed construction or renovation is within City's financial capacity. Among the options the team is considering are bonds, Massachusetts State Building Authority (MSBA) dollars, dedicated funding streams, and new public-private partnerships (P3's).
To Learn More
 
Website: Visit the BuildBPS pages of the district website for the latest news and information about the project. The site includes a public Google Drive that contains most of the documentation produced by each of the working teams.
 
E-news: If this update was forwarded to you, and you would like to receive regular updates by e-mail, please  subscribe to BuildBPS e-news .
 
Social Media: Follow and contribute to the conversation on Twitter using #BuildBPS .
 
Other important files:

 

Watch Superintendent Chang's video message about BuildBPS:

Please Join Us...
 
BuildBPS Update to the School Committee
TOMORROW: Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 p.m.
Bruce Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington Street, 2nd floor, Roxbury
You can also view the meeting live on Boston City Television: Comcast Channel 24 and RCN Channel 13, or stream it live here .
 
BuildBPS Community Briefing
Saturday, June 4, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Bruce Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington Street, 2nd floor, Roxbury
Details TBD.


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