Update 11-20-23: A full-scale baseline evaluation of all USD 220 facilities is being ordered. Until such time as it is received, facilities discussion other than daily operation or emergent repairs is on hold. Please note that the Campus Exploration Committee has been desolved. All facilities discussion will be occuring in open session of regular BOE meetings. The information comment form and original information given to public on August 25, 2023 remains for your reference. Please do not hessitate to reach out to Paula Rice, Superintendent (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. Check back here frequently for updates and public events centered around our campuses.
USD 220 is exploring options regarding campus layout and facilty needs to help ensure a strong, thriving school district remains in Ashland for another 30+ years. As part of that exploration, we welcome feedback and questions from all stakeholders. You may choose to provide feedback to us either by submitting the form below which is electronically transmitted to the whole committee:
At the regular BOE meeting on March 20, 2023, the following motion was passed:
M/S (Travis McCarty – Seth Harrington) to give Mrs. Rice the authority to explore options of how to get all students and faculty in one building within 5 years.
Has the decision been made?
NO, a decision either for or against has not been made. Per the official motion, we are exploring options to understand the feasibility of making such a move and if it is what’s in the best interest of the district long-term.
A Campus Exploration Committee has been formed to help break down the monumental job of exploring every option possible, getting input from the community, exploring structures, educational facilities best practice, finance options both long and short term, and the many other facets for a full understanding of our long-term facilities options prior to any decision being considered by the BOE. These committee is comprised of volunteers who are representative of multiple stakeholders from our district and community. The committee’s purpose is research and idea generation, and is not a decision making body.
We know that there are many concerns and questions such as “How will the smaller students get across Hwy 160?” or “How will this impact afterschool programs such as the one at the library?”. These, among many others are questions we will take a deep dive into throughout this process.
In addition to a public hearing that will be held prior to any BOE decision, this committee will reach out to other groups and community individuals throughout the exploration process for representation, expertise, and our overall community for information, feedback, and input. This committee has no decision-making authority.
*11-20-23: The above named committee has been desolved. It is extremely important to us that our Ashland-Englewood community feel fully included and aware of all information being presented regarding our facilities and future. All future facilities discussions will take place in open session of the BOE at regular meetings.
Why are we considering this option?
If the decision is made to go to one building, what will happen to the current AES building?
This is one of the great unknowns at this point and not a decision that will be made without the input and help of our community. Our priority right now is just exploration of the feasibility of one campus to solidify district longevity. It is not our desire to see anything happen with the building that would not continue to benefit Ashland in some way.
What is the financial impact on tax payers?
As part of the discovery process, we are looking at exploring every option possible to utilize grants, existing monies, and low to no-interest financing options. We have no desire to add an additional financial burden to our community.
What happens next?
Over the course of the next few months, the committee will continue to explore many different options for building configurations, needs for optimal district performance, existing districts that have gone to one campus, and options to present to the public and the Board of Education. The public is always welcome at the BOE meetings which is a great way stay informed, but we will do our best to keep you in the loop of future opportunities to be a part of this exploration.