Facilities Advisory Task Force (FATF)
Rethinking and envisioning facilities to meet the needs of Edina Public Schools' Next Generation learners
As Edina Public Schools (EPS) moves ahead with its Next Generation Strategic Plan, a common question arises: How do you provide 21st century learning experience in 20th century facilities? Students, teachers, administration and community members have been weighing in on this topic for several years and have researched ways to think about space differently. In July 2014, the district called upon the community to apply for membership on the Next Generation Facilities Advisory Task Force (FATF), which analyzed pertinent information and consider options for district facilities to meet the needs of EPS’ Next Generation learners.
- The district launched the FATF on Tuesday, Aug. 26, with meetings running every Tuesday evening through Sept. 30 in the Edina Community Center, Room 350.
- All meetings were open to the public.
Information was presented at each meeting by various sources on applicable topics, including but not limited to: Next Generation of Edina Public Schools Strategic Plan, demographic and enrollments trends and projections, district facilities, district finance information, etc.
Through small and large group explorations and discussions, the FATF gained consensus on recommendations that address the district's facility needs. A final report will be presented to the School Board in October 2014.
The purpose of the Next Generation FATF was to analyze pertinent information and consider options for district facilities to meet the needs of Edina Public Schools' Next Generation learners. The FATF focused on both short- (1-3 years) and long-term facilities needs (8-10 years), with a charge of of making a recommendation to the district and School Board for consideration in a potential 2015 Bond Referendum. Recommendations will also be used by the School Board and Administration as part of the district's implementation of the Next Generation of Edina Public Schools Strategic Plan.