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Committee set to recommend going forward with plan for Dixon schools

Report will be given to school board April 9

Published: Friday, March 21, 2014 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Friday, March 21, 2014 8:52 a.m. CST

DIXON – The strategic planning committee for Dixon Public Schools is expected to recommend that the school board hire a consulting firm to help with community engagement and input about the district’s future.

The committee, made up of school board members, district staff and community members, has been meeting since June to evaluate the district’s facilities and decide if a master plan for the future should be put together.

The committee met Thursday night and came to the consensus that the district’s facilities weren’t adequate enough for students today and wouldn’t be in 20 years, if something wasn’t done.

The committee will meet again on April 3 to review and finalize a report of their 9 months of discussions, facility tours and meetings with architectural firms. That report will be presented to the school board during the April 9 meeting.

The strategic planning committee’s recommendation to the school board won’t have any specifics about which buildings need to be upgraded or replaced. Those decisions, the committee said, will come from community engagement and input.

Any major facility upgrades or new buildings in the future would have to be paid for though tax increase – either sales or property tax – and be approved by referendum on a ballot.

That’s why the engagement and input from the community is important, the committee said.

The committee previously meet with representatives from two architectural firms about what the district could do to improve its schools, from adding a new high school to renovating all its buildings.

A representative from each of those firms was at the meeting Thursday night.

The decision about which firm to hire – which isn’t limited to the two that met with the strategic planning committee – will come from the school board.

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