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The FPP Timeline

  • February 25, 2022: Board of Education approval of contracts for two organizations that will collaborate with the District on the new Facilities Planning Process
  • March 22, 2022: Official launch of Facilities Planning Process
  • Late April 2022: Facility Data Release & Interactive Website Launch
  • May 2022: Community Conversations

The Facilities Planning Process is currently paused. Read Superintendent Watlington’s Nov 18, 2022 update HERE

Commonly Asked Questions

What is the Facilities Planning Process (FPP)?

The Facilities Planning Process provides the opportunity for all stakeholder voices – parents and guardians, community members, employees, students, and more – to be heard and considered as recommendations are finalized to be included in the Facilities Master Plan. It is a continuation of the work the District has already engaged in to improve facility conditions across the District.

This process begins with intensive school-level assessments, led by industry experts. The data collected and analyzed will be used to identify current or future challenges that our school buildings are expected to face in the coming years. We will then engage the community regarding those findings to solicit their input.

When does it start? What is the timeline?

The FPP kicked off on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 and Community Engagement sessions were held in May 2022.

Superintendent Watlington provided an update on the Facilities Planning Process and it’s timeline on Nov 18, 2022. Read more HERE.

What is the goal of the work and expected outcomes?

The FPP is a critical component of the District’s strategic plan to provide tangible solutions to schools’ facility and utilization issues. Through data sharing and community engagement, the community is invited to share thoughts on what the District should take into consideration when making decisions about facilities. The FPP culminates with a list of recommendations that will inform the Facilities Master Plan.

When will recommendations be implemented?

Implementation of recommendations will be determined once the Facilities Master Plan is complete and in accordance with the operations department and construction project timelines.

Where is the funding coming from?

The School District is eligible for $1.114 billion through the American Rescue Plan Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ARP ESSER) Fund (to be spent by September 2024). It will commit $325 million of stimulus funds over the next four years to dramatically expand facilities improvements to provide safe, healthy and modernized schools. These funds will supplement previously dedicated capital and operating funds, allowing for a total planned capital investment in excess of $2 billion over a six-year period.

How can I get involved and/or stay up-to-date on this?

Please continue to visit this website for more information about community engagement sessions and how to give your feedback.

How do I participate in the community conversations?

Our first round of Community Conversations have come to an end. A link will be provided to register for future sessions.


Links to Additional Information: The District’s Capital Programs department has made the following reports available. These reports address the guidelines and specifications for how facilities were assessed for the FPP.

  • Technical Specifications: Defines typical materials and manufacturers acceptable for use in District projects. They are based on and complement the design guidelines.
  • FCA- Facilities Conditions Assessment: Provides information on the condition of school grounds, school buildings, athletic fields and related building systems. The FCA summary reports for all schools can be found under the FCA Summary Reports (FY2015) header. Scores for schools that have been recently updated can be found highlighted under the FCA Summary Reports (FY2022) header.
  • Design Guidelines: Provides direction and instructions for design work for District projects as it relates to design requirements, standard specifications, standard details, and room planning standards.
  • Educational Specifications: Explains the criteria developed by District experts in every department used to assess the learning environment, size, equipment and storage within each space in a school as it relates to those departments.


Facilities Condition Assessment

Educational Suitability Assessment

Weighted Combined Score

Enrollment and Utilization

Facilities Planning Process  Community Conversation – May 2022

Proceso de Planificación de Instalaciones Conversación Comunitaria  Mayo 2022 Distrito Escolar de Filadelfia