Community Survey Now Open For MGT Facilities Study For Hamilton County Schools

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

MGT, a nationally recognized company specializing in school facilities, has released the survey link to allow the community to provide thoughts on the facility study group’s plans for school buildings in Hamilton County Schools.  MGT presented the company’s preliminary findings earlier this year. 

The findings of the company are preliminary at this stage and have not been presented to the board as a final recommendation, and the board has not approved a final report.  The survey is the next step to allow MGT to complete a final recommendation to the board by helping MGT get the community perspective and better understand the role schools the school facilities play in the social fabric of our community before making final recommendations.  
 
Factors considered in the MGT facilities audit preliminary report included each schools' enrollment, capacity, utilization, physical condition, educational program suitability, and technology infrastructure.  MGT will include community input from the survey responses, and community meetings to finalize the company’s recommendation.
 
The community can access the survey here.  The survey will be open until Sunday, Dec.

15.  The survey will include some details to explain current recommendations from MGT in the survey.  
 
The community meetings will be held in each of the Learning Communities in the district and will be open to the entire community.  The meetings will provide information about the MGT preliminary plan and allow those attending to respond to questions electronically during the meeting.  You can select the meeting that best fits your schedule.  
 
The community meeting dates are:
 
Dec. 3 
Hixson High, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
Harrison Elementary, 6-8 p.m.
 
Dec. 4
Lookout Valley Middle/High Schools, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
 
Dec. 5
Dalewood Middle, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
East Brainerd Elementary,  6-8 p.m. 
 
For more information, you can view the MGT preliminary report on the Hamilton County Schools website under Building Our Future.  The survey can also be accessed from the district website.
 
MGT’s Preliminary Report is simply a first look at current facilities using an assessment of building conditions and capacity, enrollment, projected growth and technology readiness. The information is not a final report, has not been presented to the Hamilton County Board of Education as a final report and is not an approved Hamilton County Schools facilities plan. The Hamilton County Board of Education has not approved a final facilities plan for the school district. The report is an initial look at facilities and options that may be considered as MGT Consulting Group prepares a final report to present to the board.


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