FMP External Review

  • On May 21, 2019, the District first announced its plans to conduct a review of the Facilities Master Plan's (FMP) fiscal, budget, and construction procedures to ensure fidelity to industry standards.

    The assessment was overseen by SPPS Chief of Staff Cedrick Baker who helped ensure full access to internal processes to a group of external advisors with expertise in capital planning, finance, and construction management. These advisors (see list below) conducted their review from July to September 2019.

    The result of this external assessment was provided in a report presented to the Board of Education at a regular meeting on October 22, 2019: Facilities Master Plan External Review Report.

    Also provided is Superintendent Gothard's letter to the SPPS community (October 22, 2019).

FMP External Review Team

 Cedrick Baker, Project Oversight, Chief of Staff, SPPS

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Cedrick Baker, Project Oversight, Chief of Staff, SPPS

Chief Baker supports the Superintendent in district-wide coordination of day-to-day operations; the planning and implementation of the District's strategic plan; and serves as the liaison between administration and elected officials. Specific oversight responsibilities include Communications; Human Resources; Family Engagement and Community Partnerships; Equity; Equal Employment and Opportunity; Policy; Strategic Planning; Grants; and Legislative Affairs.

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Jacobs

Jacobs Engineering Group provides design, engineering, construction and technical services by working with governments, cities and businesses in more than 50 countries. Jacobs has assigned a team of experts to the FMP External Review to ensure their vast experience will provide the District with invaluable insights on how similar-sized districts around the country manage their capital projects. Team members include:

Shannan Jasien, Estimator – Market Analysis

Chappell Jordan, Principal, Project Manager – Program Development / Mobilization / Strategy

Alexandra Marler, Planner – GIS Specialist / Site Infrastructure Planning / Documentation

Stephanie Sadowsky, Business Process Analyst – Process Review / Decision Making

Aaron Sarfati, Project Controls – Management Procedures / Cost Control / Change Management / Technology Coordination

Agustin Villafana, Scheduler – Master Schedule Development / Management

 Steve Torgrimson, Facilities/Finance Advisor

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Steve Torgrimson, Facilities/Finance Advisor

Mr. Torgrimson worked for 10 years as the director of business finance at Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). At MPS he also worked with the Facilities Planning Department to develop and implement a five-year capital plan. He worked to develop, submit and coordinate approval from both MPS and the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) related to ‘Review and Comment’ of annual construction plans and the 10-year plan. His experience includes coordinating the annual bonding process by working with both the bond counsel, Dorsey and Whitney (Len Rice), and with MPS’ financial advisor, PFM (Chuck Upcraft and Heather Casperson). He was also responsible for coordinating MPS’ annual levy submissions to MDE, including county coordination. He also spent 10 years working for TIES as a financial consultant to 45 Minnesota school districts including Anoka Hennepin, Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan and Burnsville. 

 Michael Vogel, Facilities/Finance Advisor

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Michael Vogel, Facilities/Finance Advisor

Mr. Vogel has 38 years of experience in school district administration. He is recently retired from the South Washington County School District where he served many roles in operations, most recently as the Assistant to the Superintendent for Operations. At South Washington County, his duties included the development of a Long Term Facility Master Plan; refinement of the district’s 10-year alternative facilities plan; oversight of enrollment projections; and attendance boundary planning and implementation.

 Kelly D. Smith, Ed.D., Baker Tilly, Tax and Assurance Advisor

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Kelly D. Smith, Ed.D., Baker Tilly, Tax and Assurance Advisor

Baker Tilly is a leading advisory, tax, and assurance firm. Dr. Smith previously served for 24 years as a superintendent in several Minnesota districts and has experience as a school district business manager. He is a past President of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators (MASA). Dr. Smith is also experienced in: school district reorganization; facilitating bond and operating levy campaigns; and developing budgets and finding financial solutions for issues faced by school districts.

 Donald Mullin, St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, Construction Management Advisor

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Donald Mullin, St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council, Construction Management Advisor

Mr. Mulin is the executive secretary of the St. Paul Building and Construction Trades Council. He has worked as political director of IUPAT District Council 82; is a business representative of Sign and Display Local 880;  is currently serving as the chair of the White Bear Lake School Board; and sits on Ramsey County’s Workforce Innovation Board.

Contact Information

  • For questions related to the FMP review team process, please email fmp@spps.org.

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