Facilities Utilization Process

Southeast/Three Fires Transition Team

Mrs. Kari Naghtin and Mr. Robert Starkey will be co-chairs of the transition team. Members of the transition team will serve as liaisons to the school communities; accounting for the needs, questions, and concerns of each stakeholder group. As the team works through the process of consolidating the two schools, there will be opportunities for stakeholders to provide input and feedback to the team members. This will be done through meetings and subgroups. We believe that this will be the most effective way to ensure that all voices are heard during this process. You can view a list of transition team members here.

Ms. Naghtin and Mr. Starkey provided the first Transition Team update to the Board of Education on Monday, March 13. You can view the presentation here

Facilities Utilization Process

A committee of Howell Public Schools stakeholders began meeting in September to review the district’s facilities utilization. The committee's scope of work and process was approved by the Board of Education at its September 12, 2016 meeting. This work aligned with one of the goals included in the district’s strategic plan to review the district's facility utilization and ensure that it is making the best use of its resources. The committee was transparent with the community throughout this process. Superintendent MacGregor provided updates to the Board of Education as the Facilities Utilization Committee worked through this process.

Superintendent MacGregor held community forums on September 19 and September 28 to share with community members the scope and process of the Facilities Utilization Committee is undertaking. If you were unable to attend, you can view a copy of Superintendent MacGregor's presentation here.

On September 26, Superintendent MacGregor provided an update on the facilities utilization process to the Board of Education. You can view that presentation here.

Three subcommittees of the Facilities Utilization Committee completed a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis of several options. You can view the SWOT analysis presentation by here. These options were presented to the full Facilities Utilization Committee  and voted on using several guiding principles which included long-term stability for the district, strong financial stewardship, optimal use of the district’s facilities, disrupting the fewest number of students as possible and equity. This vote narrowed eight options down to two options. Following that vote, district staff began an analysis of both options, which included looking at the financials around both options and other factors such as transportation and school boundary changes.

After hearing the analysis of both options, the committee voted on the two options to come to its final recommendation. The recommendation from the committee is to consolidate Southeast Elementary with Three Fires Elementary. Under this recommendation, the entire Southeast Elementary community would be moved intact to Three Fires Elementary School. To view the cost analysis of this option please click here.

A community forum on the recommendation was held on Monday, November 14. If you were unable to attend the forum you can view the presentation here.

The Board of Education heard a report on this recommendation at its meeting on Monday, November 28. You can view the presentation by clicking here.

On Monday. December 12, the Board of Education approved the recommendation of the committee to consolidate Southeast Elementary with Three Fires Elementary.

You can view a list of Facilities Utilization Committee members here

You can view the Facilities Utilization Process FAQs please here.   

To contact the Facilities Utilization Committee please send an email to hpsfacilities@howellschools.com.

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