A 30-member group of parent and community representatives making up the Cleburne ISD Facility Advisory Committee has been tasked with researching and examining the prospect of a future District bond referendum to address existing and new facilities.
The formation of the FAC stems from a unanimous recommendation for new campus grade alignments from the Academic Alignment Advisory Committee.
The AAAC panel of parents, community members and campus teachers was organized to provide input and guidance relating to long-term district academic and grade level alignment options.
Following a review of information and data focused on student learning and social/emotional development in grades 5-8, they presented their recommendation at the Sept. 21 school board meeting.
The recommended alignments will have the District’s seven elementary schools serving pre-kindergarten through fourth grade students. An upper-level elementary will be established at the Lowell Smith campus to serve the fifth and sixth grades.
All CISD seventh and eighth-graders will be housed at A.D. Wheat Middle School. Cleburne High School will continue to serve grades 9-12.
The CISD Facility Advisory Committee will be utilizing these configurations in developing a recommendation to Trustees based on efficient, economical, prudent and extended use of current facilities. The construction of new facilities will also be part of their research and review process in relation to a future bond referendum.
“The establishment of the Facility Advisory Committee is the next step in determining what is needed to make the Smith and Wheat campuses the best learning environment for these two groups of learners,” Superintendent Kyle Heath said. “We appreciate all the time, work and thought provided by members of the AAAC in bringing their recommendation to the board. These campuses need to meet academic and programming needs for the students they will be serving before we move to the new grade configurations.”
The analysis of current — and future — facilities falls in line with a timeline developed for the District by the 2016 Citizens’ Bond Committee, that was included in a Facility, Capacity and Funding Master Plan. The timeline, which runs to 2027, schedules bond planning for the latter half of 2020.
Several members of the 2016 bond committee served on the AAAC and are continuing on with Facility Advisory team. Among them is Brad Mead, who served as co-chairman of the AAAC.
“We were told the direction we provided to Trustees would be instrumental, moving forward,” Mead said. “We looked at the grade configurations that were ultimately recommended from a lot of angles. Now it’s time to look at the schools.”
FAC members will tour the Smith and Wheat campuses at their Oct. 28 meeting. Information, questions/answers, videos of the AAAC presentation to trustees and the first meeting of the Facility Advisory Committee are among items featured on the new FAC page that has been added to the CISD website, c-isd.com.