Waukee Community School District’s 10-year Facility and Financial Plan was created to help map our future growth and development. It includes detailed plans to manage the District’s facility and infrastructure needs, financial health, and enrollment projections. We believe this plan is an intentional, strategic shift to a longer-term, systemic approach to facility planning.
- Great things continue to happen in Waukee and that includes continued increases in enrollment.
- Provides a map for new facilities as well as support for existing facilities through 10-year planning that also addresses finances, boundary work, and staffing.
- Equity in infrastructure across our schools is a priority, as is the access of students to technology.
- Based on current financial, enrollment projections this vision contains shifts in approaches of our maturing district.
10-year Facility Plan Timeline
On January 13, 2020, the District’s 10-year Facility and Financial Plan was presented to the Board of Education. This preliminary plan was the culmination of several months of work, guided by the expectations of the Board that we have a facility plan going forward that addresses both new facility needs and support for the buildings that exist in our district. The Board of Education approved this plan as a framework to move forward on January 27, 2020.
Timberline improvements will include a second competition outdoor athletic facility available for district use.
- Multi-purpose field turf, seating, lighting, concessions, and storage additions
Prairieview improvements will include a comprehensive fitness/weight room comparable to Timberline to support curricular and extracurricular programming such as PE and wrestling needs.
Brookview and Eason Elementary improvements will include providing equity by adding 4-6 rooms at each building. Possible room additions include:
- Band Room
- Computer Lab
- Classrooms: office space, general education, and specialized programming
- Parking additions
VMLC (Vince Meyer Learning Center)- Pre-K and office improvements will include the following:
- 34,000 square foot (20 classrooms) addition to centralize preschool
- 8,100 square foot addition for IT (Information Technology) and Community Education Departments
- Demolition of existing IT building and storage
Elementary #10 will be located in the SW corner of our school district boundary. This will be our seventh elementary school with our standard footprint, however, the footprint has been updated to have more early childhood rooms for future flexibility.
We recognize the need in our community based on current activities and utilization.
- Need to consider free-standing vs. attached to a building
- Building to meet the needs of our curricular and extracurricular activities
- Interested in external partners
The district plans to add a middle-level building that will initially be used for grades 6-7. The district will have the flexibility to use the building as a 6th-8th or 6th-9th grade if needed as we monitor growth in our district.
The timing of this addition will be impacted by student enrollment and meeting the needs of students. 2024 would be the earliest target date to open. The additions would include:
- Consideration for expanded programming related to career and technical education
- Career Center concept to serve our community
The district plans to add a middle-level building that will initially be used for grades 8-9. The district will have the flexibility to use the building as a 6th-8th or 6th-9th grade if needed as we monitor growth in our district.
Land and Boundary Timeline
The district will need to purchase land for new facilities to keep up with enrollment growth. We anticipate purchasing land as follows:
- Pool and Middle-Level building in 2020
- Middle-Level building in 2022
- Elementary #11 in 2023
- Elementary #12 in 2026
When Waukee Community School District opens a new facility current boundaries are reviewed and adjusted. K-12 boundaries will be updated in 2020, 6th-9th grade boundaries will be updated in 2022, Elementary boundaries will be updated in 2024.
- The boundary for Elementary #10 will likely impact the high school boundaries.
- The goal is for elementary #11 and #12 to balance north and south feeder systems
- The district plans to maintain a complete elementary feeder system, this means if you know your elementary school you will know your high school.
- Because there will be three middle-level buildings feeding two high schools, the middle-level feeder system will be incomplete. This means students in a middle-level building could attend different high schools, but will still follow their elementary feeder system plan.
These projects will further enhance our already high standards for facilities and learning environments for staff, students, and families. The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. Please be careful and avoid construction areas. We ask that you follow all detour and/or traffic signage.
Brookview Elementary – Addition
- Project is approximately 35% completed
- Masonry walls are completed
- Precast concrete panel roof to be completed this week
- Electrical and plumbing rough-ins continuing
Northwest High School – New Construction
- Project is approximately 80% completed
- Final exterior concrete and landscaping starting to be installed
- Drywall and finishes throughout
- Punchlist inspections planned for Area B in mid-December
Sugar Creek Elementary – New Construction
- Project is approximately 25% completed
- Masonry walls/concrete slabs/steel roof structure continue
- Roof covering to begin in early December
VMLC Preschool/Office – Addition
- Project is approximately 30% completed
- Masonry walls/steel roof structure continue
- Roof covering to begin in late November
Prairieview School – Addition
- Project is approximately 60% completed
- Roof covering is completed
- Brick exterior covering to be completed this week
- Drywall and preparation for interior painting next week
Eason Elementary – Addition
- Site grading and drainage nearly completed
- Building pad completed
- New egress door to be installed this week
- Footings to begin late next week
WMS Gym Cooling Project
- System startup, testing, and balancing completed
- Final punch list items being wrapped up
Timberline Stadium Improvements – Phase #1
- Final punch list items being wrapped up
- Phase #2 is in design, effort includes VSA fields
WHS-PVS Parking Lot Improvements
- Dumpster enclosure gates to be installed this week
- Final punch list items being wrapped up
Middle School #5 – New Construction
- In design; Bid Feb 2021
WCSD Natatorium – New Construction
- Design contract approved (RDG Planning & Design)
- Stakeholder design meetings TBD
The money passed in the Bond Referendum in September 2020 will be used to secure the funds to pay for the plan so that other infrastructure monies can be directly committed to roof projects, interior improvements in existing schools, and parking lot repairs and replacements in addition to new facilities. This model allows for better planning and provides opportunities to place more technology in the hands of our students.
Total District Facility Needs Next 10 Years = $263,800,000
$205,000,000 GO Bond Referendum – September 2020 PASSED at 88%
We can confidently move forward with:
- Five-year CIP Plans
- Five-year roof plans
- Five-year parking lot plans
- Long-term technology planning with an emphasis on placing technology in the hands of students and staff
|2020||Preschool Center||SAVE Bonds – 2020B|
|2020||Elementary #10||SAVE Bonds – 2020B|
|2020||Land for Mid-Level Building #5||SAVE cash on hand|
|2020||Timberline 8-9 Athletic Facilities||PPEL Cash on Hand|
|2021||Mid-Level Building #5||GO Bonds – 2021A|
|2021||Pool Facility||GO Bonds – 2021A|
|2021||Land for Future Facility Needs||GO Bonds – 2021A|
|2021||Prairieview Weight Room||SAVE cash on hand|
|2021||Eason & Brookview Elem Additions||SAVE cash on hand|
|2021||Land for Mid-Level Building #6||SAVE cash on hand|
|2021||Land for Elementary #11||SAVE cash on hand|
|2022||WILC Addition||GO Bonds – 2022A|
|2022||Multipurpose Field Improvements||GO Bonds – 2022A|
|2022||Land for Elementary #12||SAVE cash on hand|
|2023||Mid-Level Building #6||GO Bonds – 2023A|
|2024||Elementary #11||GO Bonds – 2024A|
|2027||Elementary #12||SAVE Bonds – 2027A|