We have a NEW, UPDATED POST published on June 11, 2018, 9:20pm. Please read that post instead or go to it after reading the below. CPS did change their meeting schedule and posted it online at 2:00pm on Tuesday, June 12, 2018.
Does it often feel that there is just no overall facilities plan for CPS?
Many parents, students, teachers, and community groups have felt the same way over many decades and many fought for a law passed in 2011. This law (PA 097-0474) requires CPS to provide plans for capital spending and to have a 10-year Educational Facilities Master Plan (EFMP).
One was written and “implemented” in 2013. (Please note that many capital projects and school actions that have occurred since the 2013 EFMP was approved by our unelected BOE can not be found in the 2013 EFMP.) An update to the EFMP is required after 5 years and CPS recently published a 2018 Preliminary Draft EFMP Update.
We are working on a more extensive webpage that will provide additional links & will explain all of the above a little bit better.
This post is really a HEADS UP that CPS will be discussing this 2018 Preliminary Draft EFMP at "Outreach" meetings- see the meeting schedule below. These meetings start on Monday, June 11, and continue at various dates & times through Wednesday, June 27. (This was the schedule posted on the CPS website on Thursday, June 7, at 10:30am.)
Please note: these are NOT meetings just for the 2018 EFMP. These are regularly scheduled CPS meetings (PAC Collaboratives; CACs; LSC Advisory Board; etc.) which are public meetings- open to the public and subject to the Open Meetings Act (OMA). We assume the 2018 EFMP will be on the agenda (with many other items) and someone from CPS Central Office will simply be there to present information. UPDATE: We recently found out that the 2018 EFMP presentation at these “outreach” meetings will only be a brief (15 minute) overview toward the end of the meeting.
Also note: Not every community has a CAC and not every school falls into a traditional Network. We have no idea how or if CPS is hosting meetings geared toward the following networks which are not included in the below schedule: AUSL, Options, ISP, and Fellows. You can see a list of schools by network here.
We intend to be at the very first meeting and will report back so you know what to expect.
You can find the 2018 Preliminary Draft EFMP here.
We found the below schedule of Outreach meetings here.
Both of the above links & many more facilities links can be found here on CPS' Facility Standards webpage.
UPDATE (June 10 9:40pm): Just discovered this Facebook event for the Humboldt Park East CAC meeting. According to the chart below (which is still linked on the CPS Facility Standards webpage), this meeting's information is TBD but according to the Facebook event it is at Clemente High School.