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Strategic Objective Five:

Provide Safe and Secure Learning Spaces to Support 21st Century Learners

Student learning is enhanced by the school environment in which they learn.  The capacity and flexibility of facilities to support learning creates opportunities for teachers to deliver differentiated, innovative curriculum for students. As the Master Facilities Plan will outline, the most important actions of District 64 to create optimal learning environments are to:

  • Manage resources efficiently and effectively to enhance teaching and learning;
  • Provide attractive, safe, secure, and healthy spaces in which students can engage in active and meaningful ways;
  • Create flexible spaces that foster communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity among students and staff;
  • Explore ways to obtain community and business support to opportunities to obtain available grant money and other resources;
  • Be a good steward of the environment and the community by designing or redesigning facilities that are energy  efficient and sustainable; and
  • Monitor population trends and examine building additions, boundary changes or grade center learning spaces options.

This will require being creative about the way space is used, and rethinking how to make space more functional, more collaborative and flexible.

Strategy Desired Outcomes Measures

A. Life Safety & Universal Access

Incorporate life-safety requirements and Universal Access into facility projects.

The District’s facilities are in compliance with the Illinois School Code including the School Construction Code, Health Life Safety requirements, the Illinois Barriers Act and all other referenced codes.

Progress for each measure is reported annually on the Balanced Scorecard - view here.

B. Master Facilities Plan

The District will be thoughtful in the way it designs facility and site improvements to create functional, collaborative, and flexible spaces consistent with enrollment projections.

Mindful of financial resources, District facilities are functional, collaborative, and flexible spaces that meet changing student enrollment and support 21st century learning.

Implementation of Master Facilities Plan as prioritized over the life of the five-year plan and beyond.

Adopt a cohort survival enrollment projection model (under development)


C. Environmental Health

Enhance teaching and learning through the environmental health of facilities.

Provide students and staff with an inviting, safe, and healthy environment.

Energy efficient and sustainable facilities.

Reduction in facility maintenance expenditures and increased life cycle of building components.

Implementation of professional development for Facility Management Department staff to support a high level of satisfaction with facilities (program under development)


Together We Discover, Learn, Grow & Care

At D64, our mission is to foster opportunities for discovery, engagement, and growth for all students. We accomplish this by nurturing interdependence, appreciation of differences, and care for self and others.

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