The School Facilities Master Plan is a blueprint for an unprecedented school construction program that began as a result of the devastating impact of Hurricane Katrina. The Master Plan outlines how the city will spend almost $2 billion in federal funding on new school construction and building renovations.
Listed below, from newest to oldest, are the different versions and updates of the School Facilities Master Plan. For more information, you can visit the Master Plan Website.
As called for in the amended School Facilities Master Plan, OPSB and the RSD have formed a commission to develop recommendations for how future capital improvements and maintenance needs, which were not addressed by the School Facilities Master Plan, should be managed. Seven local community members, representing a cross section of business and industry, have been selected to serve on the commission.
The Recovery School District (RSD) announces the final building assignments for schools currently operating in temporary space.
In the face of public criticism of their Summer 2011 version of the School Facilities Master Plan, the RSD and OPSB went back to the drawing board to do a better job of serving all students and maximizing the funds available for rebuilding schools. The latest revisions identify new funding and cost savings, allowing more buildings to be renovated, and it proposes that every student in New Orleans will be taught in a new or renovated building when the construction program is completed in 2016. This version has been approved by the Orleans parish School Board and the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, paving the way for the next phase of school construction.
This revised Facilities Master Plan includes plans for 72 school buildings, but we currently have 82 schools in New Orleans (OPSB and RSD combined) plus three Type 2 charters housed in RSD buildings. Where will the other schools be housed? It is important that education and community leaders pay attention to this issue and voice their opinions before the revisions are finalized.
This study conducted by GCR & Associates for the OPSB and RSD takes census data and school enrollment numbers to create a 10-year forecast of population and student enrollment by neighborhood and by school “catchment area.”
The Recovery School District has updated its plan for housing its 70 schools, many of which are still located in modulars or in ancient buildings in desperate need of repairs.
Both BESE and OPSB have approved creating an Oversight Committee to provide assurance to the public that the School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish will be effectively monitored and implemented.
The Amended Facility Master Plan, “The Blueprint for Building 21st Century Schools for New Orleans,” was approved by both the Orleans Parish School Board, and the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education [BESE].
Comments, concerns, and recommendations from the Bureau of Governmental Research on the costs and financing for the School Facilities Master Plan.
School Facilities Master Plan for Orleans Parish. Master Plan Summary includes: planning vision and parameters, planning process, enrollment projections and capacity methodology, facilities assessment and CADD space inventory, community engagement, recommendations, and proposed projects.