ISD 728 has transformed over the years - from what used to be a district of 4 quaint small-town communities, ISD 728 now serves 4 bustling suburbs at the top of many best cities lists. Our local schools have also felt these changes. We now have 9 elementary schools, 4 middle schools and 4 high schools, and 1 soon-to be E-8 School. From chalkboards to smartboards, and notebooks to laptops--change is inevitable.
The communities of ISD 728 - like most cities - are expected to shift again in the next decade as each city will continue to grow. This in turn will impact our schools. That is why ISD 728 is unveiling a community-engaged process. This process will help guide us through academic and facilities planning for the next decade. The ISD 728 School Board has approved the formation of a 40-member Facilities Usage Committe, which is taking on this new challenge.
Along with the committee, ISD 728 is open to outside guidance. Remaining transparent and neutral through this process is of the utmost importance, which is why we have partnered with TeamWorks International to facilitate the work. TeamWorks is a local company that has a strong track record of working with school districts through change, planning and facility design processes, which have resulted in wide community support. Their guidance will ensure the process remains authentic and is not unduly driven by district administration.