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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.

After reviewing feedback from staff, parents, students and the community, the school board is scheduled to approve a final master facilities plan at its July 26 meeting. However, the district does not anticipate moving forward with the plan until sometime in 2022.

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.

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average ageLakota's two high schools are the oldest in Butler Countyaverage age of schoolsThrough 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.






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Educational Visioning Process Puts Lakota One Step Closer to Master Facilities Plan
03/23/2021
The most recent series of community listening sessions, focus groups and a ThoughtExchange reinvigorated Lakota’s Master Facilities Planning (MFP) process, which was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through all these opportunities, participants were asked to reflect on lessons learned from the pandemic that might alter Lakota’s original visioning exercise completed over a year ago.
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Master Facilities Planning: Involving the Community
03/09/2021
While the facilities planning process was underway last year, the work was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The MFP committee, made up of district leaders, school board members and VSWC Architects, began meeting in November and has begun to re-engage the community in the process.
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February Master Facilities Plan Update
02/23/2021
In March 2020, the Lakota Master Facilities Plan (MFP) committee pressed pause on its work due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The committee reconvened in November to continue this important process, as outlined in Lakota’s strategic plan. The last time Lakota completed a modified MFP was in 2008. The last comprehensive plan was completed in the early 2000s.
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Master Facilities Planning Resumes
02/09/2021
In line with Lakota’s strategic plan, which calls for an in-depth assessment of our facilities, the district launched a full-scale master facilities planning process last year. The end goal was to build a plan that protects the district’s most important assets - Lakota’s 25 buildings valued at more than $400 million - and supports the type of learning that will carry our schools into the future.
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Lakota Releases COVID-19 Safety Protocols & Guidelines Resource Manual
08/13/2020
In accordance with guidance from the Butler County Health Department, Lakota Local Schools has compiled a comprehensive resource manual outlining the district’s safety protocols and guidelines for its responsible reopening this school year.
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Master Facilities Update
04/07/2020
Due to the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, Lakota Local Schools has pressed pause on the process to create a new Master Facilities Plan (MFP). District leaders will continue working on the plan in the coming months. As a result, the scheduled meetings, including the community open houses, have been postponed.
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Feb. 26 Meeting Recaps Visioning for Lakota's Future
02/28/2020
On Feb. 26 members of the community gathered at Lakota West Freshman to hear the district’s most recent update on the Master Facilities planning (MFP) process. Attendees heard from Superintendent Matthew Miller, Chief Operations Officer Chris Passarge and Educational Visioning Planner Tracy Richter. “We’ve spent the past month meeting with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) to update our building conditions and holding focus groups to hear from our community about what they think education should look like in Lakota,” said Passarge.
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Community Input in Lakota's Master Facilities Planning
02/24/2020
As Lakota moves forward in creating a new Master Facilities Plan, it is imperative that we include our community in the process. Our next community meeting is on Feb. 26 to discuss results from our recent visioning sessions with students, parents, staff and business & government officials.
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Lakota Listens: Community Shares Feedback about Facilities
02/15/2020
Immediately following the first Master Facilities community meeting on Jan. 28, Lakota Local Schools launched a ThoughtExchange online survey to gather feedback about the data shared. 
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Feb. 26: Next Community Facilities Meeting Discusses Visioning
02/07/2020
Lakota continues to make progress toward building a Master Facilities Plan (MFP) that protects Lakota's most important physical assets and supports the type of learning that will carry our schools into the future. Parents, staff, students and community members are invited to attend the community visioning meeting on Feb. 26 at 6 p.m at Lakota West Freshman.
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Lakota's Master Facilities Planning Process Loops in Community
01/29/2020
On Tuesday night, the community had its first opportunity to hear the results of an intensive review of Lakota’s school buildings presented alongside the district’s student enrollment projections. The analysis lays the groundwork for a multi-year Master Facilities Plan (MFP) that hasn’t been updated since the early 2000s.
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Master Facilities Planning: Community Meeting Jan. 28
01/11/2020
Lakota’s strategic plan calls for an in-depth assessment of our facilities, with the end goal being to build a plan that protects our district’s most important assets and supports the type of learning that will carry our schools into the future. The first community meeting on Jan. 28 will share data that the committee has gathered so far to help devise a plan.
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