District 303 moving ahead on updating facility master plan

ST. CHARLES – St. Charles Community Unit School District 303 continues to move ahead on updating its facility master plan.

The last time the plan was updated was in 2008. Dan Kritta, a partner with Wold Architects, updated St. Charles school board members about the process during the board’s Business Services Committee meeting Nov. 23.

An educational facility planning committee made up of community and staff members has been formed along with three subcommittees – learning spaces committee, community spaces committee and physical conditions committee – that will look at the district’s needs. Committee members will be touring the district’s facilities in order to gather more information.

“I think it’s going to generate some great feedback and some thoughts and questions from those groups to see the things we’ve been talking about for several weeks,” Kritta told board members. “I think it’s really important for folks to see firsthand some of the topics that we’ve been spending time on.”

The tours will be conducted in accordance with COVID-19 restrictions.

“We’re being creative on how to orchestrate the tours,” Kritta said. “We are sensitive to how many folks are near each other at any given time.”

Carol Smith, the district’s director of communications and community relations, said the facility tours will help the committee members immensely.

“Seeing a 700-square-foot classroom in person is a lot different than seeing it as a yellow dot on a big piece of paper,” she said. “And that is really going to go a long way to inform their discussion.”

Board member Becky McCabe said she was happy to see there is so much community involvement.

“I think our community is going to be involved in ways that many communities aren’t,” she said.