Master Facilities Plan

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Master Facilities Planning

Part of providing a future-ready, student-centered learning experience for every single child is envisioning what our schools and classrooms need to look like in five, 10 or 20 years. Will our current spaces meet the future educational needs of our students?
With this in mind, Lakota’s strategic plan calls for an in-depth assessment of our facilities. Our end goal is to build a plan that protects our district’s most important physical assets and supports the type of learning that will carry our schools into the future.

A master facilities plan is much like a five-year financial forecast - it’s a current snapshot of a long-term blueprint. That's why a planning committee - made up of the Ohio Facilities Construction Committee, VSWC Architects, and educational visioning expert and district leaders - started this process with an in-depth analysis of the current condition of Lakota buildings (opens in a new window) as well as a thorough examination of Lakota's current and projected enrollment. Of course, all of this must be reviewed with consideration toward the future of education and how to best serve our students.

Community Input

The schools belong to our community, which is why we are committed to including their voices throughout this entire process. A combination of community meetings, focus groups and ThoughtExchanges will be used to share information and gather feedback at critical points throughout this process.
Check the
MFP calendar for a complete list of upcoming community meetings and other ways to learn more and share your thoughts. You can also participate in any of our live ThoughtExchanges, a new online engagement tool we are using to regularly gather feedback and help prioritize what's important to our community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Data & Resources

The average age of Lakota's schools is 32 years old.Lakota's two high schools are the oldest in Butler CountyBy 2038, 8 Lakota schools will be over 50 years old.Through ELPP, Lakota is eligibile to receive 26% state funding for all work completed in master facilities plan.Lakota's 25 buildings are valued at more than $400 million.


Due to COVID-19, work on the
Master Facilities Plan has been paused, and will continue in the near future.



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