If you were unable to attend the Virtual Town Hall meeting on May 20, 2020, a copy of the presentation is available for download to the right. The meeting began with a brief overview of the process to-date, development of the Educational Specifications and concluded with a review of each school site’s Proposed Draft Master Plan as well as next steps for stakeholder engagement at the site level. The LPA Team and District Staff were available for questions during the presentation and at the end of the meeting.
Below is a list of frequently asked questions we received during the Town Hall and/or that we typically hear during a master plan process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why is the District doing a Facilities Master Plan right now?
A: A Facilities Master Plan (FMP) is the first step in a facilities improvement process. The California Department of Education (CDE) recommends that this process be done every 3 to 5 years. This plan may also be required to qualify for state funding. The FMP enables a data-driven decision-making process for facility upgrades or improvements as well as aligning with the EUSD educational program vision. It has been over 10 years since the last FMP was presented and reviewed, as such the timing was appropriate to start a formalized process during the 2019-20 school year.
Q: Who is LPA?
A: LPA is an integrated design firm with offices in California and Texas with 55 years of experience. They have completed over 75 Facilities Master Plans throughout the state of California. The firm is comprised of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, engineers, and planners allowing them to bring a holistic approach to campus solutions.
Q: How is this planning process being paid for?
A: The planning process is being paid for by Developer Fees.
Q: What is the website address for the Facilities Master Plan website?
A: https://lpamasterplans.com/encinitas-usd-fmp/. There is also a link on the EUSD website homepage.
Q: Where can I find the Town Hall presentation if I want to review it?
A: The Town Hall presentation can be found on the EUSD District website as well as the Facilities Master Plan website, listed under the Process Tab > Get Involved.
Q: How were the School Site Committees originally formed?
A: LPA provided a list of potential participants to the school site principals which were then used as a guide to form the individual committees. The committees included teachers, classified staff, administrative staff, parents, and a PTA representative. The community members who participated in the Town Hall are welcome to join the site committee discussions in the two upcoming meetings for each campus.
Q: How do you know you are planning for the right number of students in the future? There are large hundreds-of-units/apartments being planned for low-income residents which do not seem to be taken into account in the master plan currently.
A: The demographics included an analysis of potential developments proposed through conversations between the District’s demographer and the City. Projected enrollment from these potential developments planned within the next five years are included in the demographic study. It is worth noting that many Districts across California are currently experiencing dramatic declines in enrollment and that these new units could be part of the reason why EUSD enrollment is stably projected into the future.
Q: How will these identified projects be funded? Will there be a bond measure to help pay for construction?
A: Currently the master plan is identifying the needs. Future conversations over the next several years will focus on funding sources.
Q: When will these improvements be made and in which order?
A: Currently the master plan is identifying the needs and is not a guarantee of work proposed. Once funding sources have been identified, the master plan priorities can be used to determine the order and schedule by which projects move forward.
Q: Will there be a space for ASPIRE at each campus?
A: Yes. We noticed that a few plans are missing them and will be included on the final version of the proposed plans.