What is the Comprehensive School Planning Review (CSPR) Process?
We need to understand how our District is changing. Population trends can help us plan for many things, like whether schools are, or are going to become, overcrowded or underutilized; whether a school will need different resources to support changes in the languages they serve or other needs of their community; how programs from elementary schools and middle schools fit together and many other things.
We are moving forward with a comprehensive school planning review (CSPR) so that we can begin to answer these, and many other questions, to help us design schools in every neighborhood that meet the needs of our students.
Who is Involved in the Process?
This is a collaborative process. As the process moves toward solutions each step will involve a cycle of feedback between district staff and industry experts, planning committee members, and the public.
District Staff & Industry Experts: District staff work with industry experts to gather data, identify initial issues and preliminary solutions. The CSPR office then facilitates engagement with planning committees and the public to collect feedback at critical stages.
Planning Committees: There are Planning Committees in each of the study areas. These committees consist of four representatives from each school: the principal, a teacher, a parent and a representative chosen by the principal. They also include representatives from the local city council offices and a city planner.
Public Input: At key stages, preliminary options and recommendations will be brought to parents and community members at open public input forums, which will allow district staff, industry experts, and planning committee members to gather feedback to inform their work.
Step by Step
STEP 1: GATHER INFORMATION
Experts work with City and District staff to gather data on each study area.
STEP 2: ANALYZE DATA
District staff from enrollment, facilities, and education program offices, along with parents, principals, teachers, city planners and community leaders, analyze that information and identify any additional data to be considered.
STEP 3: IDENTIFY ISSUES
Planning committees then use the data and their institutional knowledge to identify the key issues that the District and community members need to solve for.
STEP 4: DISCUSS SOLUTIONS
Once core issues are identified, planning committees and District staff begin to identify solutions and propose options in each Study Area that help solve the issues. This will be an iterative process and discussion.
Families will be invited to weigh in on the proposed solutions and preliminary options for their respective study area in community input forums.
STEP 5: REFINE OPTIONS
The most viable solutions will be further analyzed and refined and shared back with planning committee members to come up with final recommendations.
Families will then be invited one more time, at another round of input forums, to weigh in on recommendations.
STEP 6: MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS
Public feedback will be incorporated where possible. Recommendations will then be submitted to the Board of Education, after which, work will commence.