Five-Year Facilities Maintenance and Capital Implementation Plan
Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the district's Five-Year Facilities Maintenance and Capital Implementation Plan, which is updated on an annual basis to reflect shifting and emerging factors; see the related Board of Education resolution and the Facilities Maintenance and Capital Implementation Plan for FY2019-23; specific school and facility work scopes (subject to change) are also available.
1. What is the Facilities Master Plan (FMP)?
The Facilities Master Plan (FMP) provides guidance to Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) on how to make and prioritize improvements to its 73 buildings and 500+ acres land. The FMP guides SPPS in making good financial decisions in improvement projects that are equitable among building and school sites across the district, while also ensuring the facilities meet the evolving learning needs of students.
The FMP was developed with input from more than one thousand people, including students, families, staff and community partners, from May 2014 to December 2015. This input helped develop the FMP’s guiding documents: Vision, Principles, and Standards. Each school then created a team of people to identify the top priorities for improvement at their building.
2. How do buildings support student learning?
School buildings must not only be warm, safe and dry, but they must also support a variety of teaching and learning styles. Sixty percent of SPPS schools are more than 60 years old. It’s important that they keep pace with the evolving needs of teaching and learning. Watch these short videos to better understand how facilities can support student learning .
3. Why is my school not listed on the five-year renovation schedule? Is there a chance it might get on the list?
Although a few buildings, are not scheduled to be remodeled in the next five years, these schools will still receive essential improvements, such as security updates and the installation of audio/visual equipment.
Please note that the list of projects over the next five years will be reviewed annually by the Facilities Master Plan Committee (FMP-C) to address issues that may impact building design plans.
4. When will my school’s facility project be done?
The proposed schedule for each school’s facility improvement project is listed here.
5. How can I see the plans for my school remodeling project?
Each building’s proposed project plans are listed on the FMP website.
6. How can I get involved in my school’s FMP project?
Each school will have a School Design Committee led by architects overseeing the remodeling work. Contact your school principal to get involved.7. How will Saint Paul Public Schools pay for these school facility improvement projects?Every year since 1989, the Board of Education has voted on facility improvements that in turn impact property taxes through a tax levy. A tax levy allows school districts to raise money through public taxation to fund construction projects to ensure school buildings are kept in good shape and meet the learning needs of students. The Board of Education determines the levy amount each year based on specific facility needs for the upcoming year. Each spring, the Board of Education votes on the FMP’s five-year plan for proposed facility projects with separate actions later in the year to incorporate this work in the district annual budget process.8. Shouldn’t the building funds be used to directly support teaching and learning in the classroom?
It is important to clarify that although there are facilities-related funds earmarked within the District’s General Fund (Fund 01), the majority of the facilities funding is in the Building Construction Fund (Fund 06) which is used to maintain, improve, and remodel District facilities and land.
These funds are used to make sure buildings are safe, warm and dry, but also to make improvements such as expansions or modernizing buildings. Both Fund 01 and Fund 06 contain certain funding which cannot be used for other purposes. Within Fund 01 and Fund 06, certain funding sources the Facilities Dpt. are restricted for use (i.e., Long Term Facilities Maintenance, certificates of participation, capital bonds, and lease .evy). Increases to restricted Facilities funding sources do not reduce General Fund 01 funds for overall District academic programs.
For the proposed SPPS fiscal year 2020 (FY20) budget, the Building Construction Funds represents 8% of SPPS’ overall budget, which is funded by tax levies through a combination of certificates of participation, Long Term Facilities Maintenance, and capital bonds; see this handout for more information on how facility improvements are funded.