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MJSD Vision Committee Update

Long-Range Facilities Planning Underway

More than 30 parents, teachers, community members and district staff have been meeting since 2021 to evaluate MJSD’s strategic plans, instructional goals, the current needs of students and families, and district-wide enrollment. Known as the Vision Committee, this dedicated team of volunteers has also been learning about the status of our existing facilities and exploring potential options that could impact how our grade levels are structured for 4K-8 students, with specific focus on improving instructional outcomes for grades 5-8.

Our Needs

As ideas and options are being explored, the Vision Committee is focusing on potential facility solutions that address these primary needs:

  • Improving academic opportunities and student outcomes
  • Modernizing learning environments
  • Maximizing operational efficiency and taxpayer investment
  • Proactively addressing declining student enrollment

Phased Approach to Facilities Planning

This important work relates directly to the next step in MJSD’s long-range facilities planning process, which originally started in 2011 with a district-wide facilities study. Our goal for many years has been to address identified facility needs in distinct project phases to make this affordable for district taxpayers.

Phase One was completed in 2015 with the extensive renovation of Menasha High School. The debt from this project will be fully paid off in 2024, which has been accomplished twice as fast as initially projected, resulting in taxpayer saving of more than $6 million in interest costs. For Phase Two, MJSD is now focusing on instructional needs at the middle grade levels (5,6,7,8) specifically at Maplewood Middle School. We anticipate needing to address significant facility needs at our elementary schools within the next five to eight years as Phase Three of our long-range facilities plan.

Next Steps

The Vision Committee will continue to meet in the coming months to further explore options and potential costs. MJSD will host several community information meetings to share the committee’s preliminary findings later this spring. The District will also be conducting a survey in May that will be shared with all staff and mailed to every household in the school district to gather broader input before final decisions are made by the School Board. Stay tuned for more details coming soon on how you can learn more and provide feedback!

Our Vision for Facilities

The Menasha Joint School District values facilities that promote student learning in safe, secure nurturing environments. We envision schools designed and maintained that can be adapted to the dynamic and evolving needs of students and community. Our buildings will be cost effective, energy efficient and sustainable while maximizing existing resources

 

  • Established by the MJSD School Board in March, 2011