Master Facilities Planning Process
Five (5) Year LASD Strategic Plan
On January 19, 2015, the Board of Education approved a five (5) year strategic plan. One of the strategic focus areas of the plan called for the Board to develop and prepare a facilities improvement plan that evaluated the cost effectiveness of upgrading existing facilities versus the cost of new construction. For more information on the plan, please click the link below:
Transformation Think Tank and 21st Century Education
Mission: To make well vetted, curriculum aligned, sustainable recommendations to the administrative team, based on sound practices to transform student learning in Ludington Area Schools.
Goals: The Transformation Think Tank Committee will analyze current and innovative teaching and learning practices, current and innovative learning and work facilities, as well as trends and directions of education and the labor force to establish specific going forward transformational changes to implement in Ludington Area Schools. This will lead to the development of a master facilities plan that will address the outcomes of the Think Tank Process.
You may access all committee meeting agendas, meeting notes and committee feedback, site visit pictures, research and driving questions, and the group's discussion forum by visiting the following web page: http://bit.ly/lasdthinksite.
Eleven (11) community forum meetings were held on the following dates:
- November 7, 2017
- November 29, 2017
- January 31, 2018
- February 22, 2018
- March 13, 2018
- March 21, 2018
- April 25, 2018
- May 31, 2018
- June 27, 2018
- September 25, 2018
- October 10, 2018
Community School Site Visits - 5 days; 8 districts, 1 university, and 1 Innovation Center
- January 18, 2018 (three districts visited)
- January 29, 2018 (three districts and one university)
- February 6, 2018 (one district and Steelcase Learn Lab and Innovation Center)
- February 23, 2018 (one district)
- March 21, 2018 (Comparison visit to LASD)
After completing a site visit to the Learning and Innovation Center at Steelcase in Grand Rapids, the Transformation Think Tank Committee learned about classroom and space design, and how these elements impact student engagement and learning. The following links provide studies that are grounded in research based 21st century education strategies:
- How Classroom Design for Learning Impacts Student Engagement
- Space Design for Active Classroom Learning Environments
- New Classroom Design for 21st Century Learning Spaces
- Rethinking the Classroom: Spaces Designed for Active and Engaged Learning
After completing site visits to many notably successful school districts, the Transformation Think Tank created the following list of priorities to be considered by LASD:
Other Presentations (Documents) to the Community and Board of Education:
- Facilities Assessment Update to the Transformation Think Tank Committee - April 25, 2018
- Community Transformation Think Tank Meeting Feedback - April 25, 2018
- Facilities Assessment Update to the Board of Education - May 21, 2018
- Facilities Development Update to the Community - May 31, 2018
- Feedback from the Community Forum on Facilities and Alternative Funding Options - May 31, 2018
- Pro Forma Financial Estimates, Estimated Millage Study, and Comparable District Taxable Value
- Estimated Annual Tax Bill Chart - (Assumes 1.5 Millage Increase; Generates $100 Million Par Bond Amount in Two (2) Series for Capital Improvement) - June 12, 2018
- Presentation to Community Forum - June 27, 2018
- Community Forum Design Scenarios F, G, H - June 27, 2018
- Community Forum on Facilities: Athletic Options - June 27, 2018
- Feedback from the Community Forum on Facilities - June 27, 2018
- Community Forum Presentation on September 25, 2018
- Community Forum Presentation on October 10, 2018
- Presentation to the Board - Special Meeting on October 29, 2018
- Presentation to the Board - November 19, 2018
2018 Master Facilities Assessment: GMB Architecture and Engineering and The Christman Company
The five (5) year Strategic Plan that was adopted by the Board of Education on January 19, 2015 called for the creation of a committee of administrators, teachers, other school personnel, and community members to develop a long term facilities plan through consultation with a construction management company and an architect and engineer. This plan also called for the development of a facilities improvement plan that evaluates the cost effectiveness of upgrading existing facilities vs. new construction. Due to the size of the document, you may view the facilities assessment in four (4) separate parts below. The assessment was developed by GMB Architecture and Engineering, in partnership with The Christman Company, and was provided at no cost to the District.
In order to complete the Preliminary Qualification of Bonds Application, the Michigan Department of Treasury requires that schools conduct an enrollment study and projection according to guidelines outlined by Treasury. In this study and projection, the enrollment at LASD is projected to increase by 3.83% over the next five (5) years.
Who Conducted the Study?
STANFRED Consultants has been providing enrollment projections to educational organizations for the past forty years. Frederick R. Ignatovich Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at Michigan State University, is the principal consultant. He has had extensive experience in demographic analyses, facilities planning, and research-evaluation in education. Over the past forty years, Dr. Ignatovich has produced over 4,800 enrollment projections for local and intermediate school districts in the State of Michigan.
Click the link below to learn more about the enrollment projection services that Stanfred Consultants provided to Ludington Area Schools as a part of their master facilities plan.
Five (5) Year Enrollment Study and Projection
The table below summarizes the five (5) year enrollment study and projections developed by STANFRED Consultants for Ludington Area Schools, as outlined in the District's Preliminary Qualification of Bonds Application that was submitted to the Michigan Department of Treasury. This application was approved by Treasury on February 1, 2019.
Community Feedback Survey (Closed November 26, 2018 at 11:59 PM)
Ludington Area Schools is committed to listening to constituent stakeholders, while also
addressing the 21st century learning needs of our students and greater school community. We appreciate the feedback that has been received by the District through its community survey that closed on November 26, 2018. Thank you! The results of the survey are posted at the link below:
Construction Management and Architecture and Engineering Proposals
On December 10, 2018, the Board of Education approved the adoption of a resolution that was developed by Thrun Law Firm to appoint the District's Bond Team. The resolution is attached below, along with the proposals for construction management and architecture and engineering fees that were received by the District.
Prequalification of Bonds Overview
State qualified bonds allow school districts to take advantage of two fundamental aspects that make up the framework of the School Bond Qualification and Loan Program:
- A credit enhancement that authorizes the use of the State’s bond rating, which may lower the cost of new bonds.
- A loan option for districts that need to borrow from the State to pay principal and interest requirements on outstanding qualified bonds.
A school district that seeks State qualification of its bond issue is required to file a preliminary qualification (PQ) application. The prequalification process includes:
- PQ meeting with Treasury, the school district and its representatives (architect, bond counsel, financial advisor, construction manager, etc.) to discuss the bond issue and the proposed projects financed by the bond proceeds - Completed on January 3, 2019.
- PQ application review by Treasury to confirm and verify information that pertains to the bond issue such as project construction costs, enrollment projections, and debt service amortization schedules - Application approved by Board for submission on January 7, 2019; Requested Treasury approval by February 1, 2019.
- On-site inspection to evaluate the condition of the existing facilities to determine whether the proposed projects are warranted and to verify that the proposed projects are accurately reflected in the PQ application - To be scheduled by Treasury.
Once all requirements are met, preliminary qualification is granted by Treasury. Preliminary qualification enables the school district to proceed with calling the election and presenting the bond proposal to its citizens.
- Instructions for completing the Prequalification Application: Treasury
- Preliminary Qualification of Bonds Application - Approved by Board on January 7, 2019 for submission to Treasury for review and preliminary approval; Elements of the preliminary qualification are subject to change and are not finalized by the Board until the Final Qualification Application is submitted.
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Financial Summary of the Prequalification Application - Umbaugh and Associates: Presented on January 7, 2019 to the Board.
On February 1, 2019, the District received the letter in the link below authorizing the preliminary qualification of the District's bond issue as described in application SBL/53-040-4-K12-07-01.
At a special meeting of the Board of Education on February 4, 2019, the Board approved the resolution to call an election on May 7, 2019 and the certification of the ballot proposition outlined in the link below:
- Calendar of Events for Bond Election on May 7, 2019
- Regular Board of Education Meeting: Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:00 PM at Franklin Elementary School