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Fauquier County Public Schools

MIDDLE SCHOOL MODERNIZATION PLAN| ADVISORY COMMIT TEE


MEETING #2

Welcome & Introductions


Dr. David Jeck, Superintendent
Ms. Janice Bourne, Assistant Superintendent for Administration

Joanne Duncan, School Tour Report

FREDERICK COUNTY
MIDDLE SCHOOL TOUR

September 13, 2016

FREDERICK COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL


Winchester, VA

GYMNASIUM

GYMNASIUM VIEWED FROM SECOND FLOOR


INDOOR TRACK

WEIGHT ROOM - LOCATED


IN CENTER OF INDOOR TRACK

ACTIVITY ROOM

LOBBY AREA

LIBRARY VIEWS FROM LOBBY

LIBRARY STACKS

CIRCULATION DESK

PERFORMANCE STAIRCASE OVERLOOKING


LIBRARY

STUDENT LUNCH LINE AREA

LUNCH LINE AREA


CAFETERIA SEATING

OVERFLOW EATING SECTION


CAFETERIA STAGE

BANK OF CHEST HIGH LOCKERS

CLASSROOMS

HOME EC KITCHEN

SHOP CLASS

CLASSROOM (window reflector)


and Pod window into classroom

GRADE LEVEL POD

LEARNING POD/FURNITURE

COMMUNITY ROOM & OUTDOOR LEARNING

Advisory Committee Meeting #1| Report


Exercise 1: Deconstructing the Industrial Model, Alternatives to Grouping Students
Desired model for instruction
Differentiation testing & scheduling instead of standardized testing

Need to encourage risk taking in both learning and teaching


Need for additional
accessible technology

professional

development

and

readily

Source: Ken Robinsons Changing


Educational Paradigms

The best environment is one where students have the opportunity to


achieve their educational goals by using their own learning
strategies

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Advisory Committee Meeting #1| Report


Exercise 2: Considering the Role of the Teacher
Traits of our most influential classes
Emphasized the relationship between teacher and student
Not a single response mentioned content delivery specifically
Implying that technology tools could perhaps best be
used to help deliver content in ways that free up teachers
to have more time to invest building positive working
relationships with students.

Source: Derek Muller, Veritasium, This will


revolutionize education

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Advisory Committee Meeting #1| Report


Exercise 3: The Third Teacher, Redesigning the Middle School
Qualities desired in new or renovated facilities
All responses emphasized the desire for modern learning
environments
To be flexible for a variety of teaching/learning strategies
Have natural light
Generally inspire users.

Source: Trung Le, Architect, Cannon


Design, The Third Teacher

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Advisory Committee Meeting #1| Summary


A variety of learning spaces should be available to facilitate a variety of teaching and learning
methods.
Learning environments should be inspiring, designed for collaborative teaching and project
environments, ideally including natural light.
Technology should help teachers personalize content delivery and free up teachers time to allow
them to focus more time and energy on building constructive relationships with students.

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Community Dialogue #1| Overview


66 Individual Questionnaires
12 Group Questionnaires
652 Web Questionnaires

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Community Dialogue #1| Question 1


General Priorities
700

Decision trade-offs

CD1 Attendees: Individual


Web
Total Individual
CD1 Attendees: Group

600

Small Intimate
Schools

Diverse
Educational
Programs

Low
Operational
Costs

46
446
492
8

56
545
601
9

26
211
237
1

601
500
400

700

492
General
Priorities
Total Individual

300

200

600

601

100

500

Response Summary

Respondents generally prefer the idea of having


small intimate schools with diverse educational
programs. The comments reveal the belief that
school size impacts student education.

400

492

CD1 Attendees: Group

237
9

Small Intimate
Schools

300

Diverse
Educational
Programs

200

Low Operational
Costs

Total Individual

CD1 Attendees: Gro

237

100

Small Intimate
Schools

Diverse
Educational
Programs

Low Operational
Costs

Community Dialogue #1| Question 2


Areas of need beyond condition
Athletic
Programs

Elective
Course
Offerings

Fine Arts
Programs

7
186
193
0

46
292
338
8

12
216
228
1

CD1 Attendees: Individual


Web
Total Individual
CD1 Attendees: Group

Technology
Infrastructure
and Learning
Tools
58
440
498
7

Response Summary

Given the table, the need for investment in technology


at the middle school level was most identified by
respondents, followed by elective course offerings,
then fine arts programs. The comments follow this same
trend, with many people saying that fine arts programs
should be included in elective course offerings.

Other
5
49
54
0

Perceived Middle School Needs


600

500

498
400

338

300

Total Individual

200

228

193

CD1 Attendees: Group

100

54

Athletic
Programs

Elective Course
Offerings

Fine Arts
Programs

Technology
Infrastructure
and Learning
Tools

Other

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Community Dialogue #1| Question 3


Renovate or Replace Taylor | All responses

Opinions |Renovate or Replace Taylor

CD1 Attendees: Individual


Web
Total Individual
CD1 Attendees: Group

Renovate

Replace / Build new

23
229
252
3

39
410
449
6

252
Renovate
Replace / Build new

449

Response Summary
The table above illustrates that 64% of individual respondents
prefer the idea of replacing Taylor Middle School as opposed
to a renovation. The general consensus is to replace Taylor
Middle School but memorialize the history of the school in
some way.
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Community Dialogue #1| Question 3


Renovate or Replace Taylor | Respondents who associated with Taylor
Opinions |Renovate or Replace Taylor

CD1 Attendees: Individual


Web
Total Individual

Renovate

Replace / Build new

14
64
78

16
121
137

78
Renovate

Response Summary
The respondents who affiliate themselves with Taylor Middle School
follow the same trend of preferring a new building over renovations to
the current building, with 64% selecting the replacement option.

Replace / Build new

137

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Community Dialogue #1| Question 4


Renovate or Replace Warrenton | All responses

CD1 Attendees: Individual


Web
Total Individual
CD1 Attendees: Group

Renovate

Replace / Build new

27
328
355
5

30
301
331
6

Opinions |Renovate or Replace Warrenton

331

Renovate

355

Replace / Build new

Response Summary
The graph to the right illustrates that 52% of respondents would
rather see renovations to Warrenton Middle School over new
construction. As is suggested by the results above, the
comments, too, are mixed in wanting a new building as
opposed to a renovated building. As before, respondents
generally felt like the history of the school needed to be
memorialized somehow, if the building is completely replaced.
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Community Dialogue #1| Question 4


Renovate or Replace Warrenton | Respondents who affiliated with Warrenton
Opinions |Renovate or Replace Warrenton

CD1 Attendees: Individual


Web
Total Individual

Renovate

Replace / Build new

7
85
92

5
113
118

Response Summary

92

Renovate
Replace / Build new

118

The table above illustrates that 56% of those who are in some
way affiliated with Warrenton Middle School would prefer a
new building rather than a renovation.

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Community Dialogue #1| Question 5


Perceived importance of building component condition

Taylor
Warrenton

CD1 Attendees: Individual


Web
Total Individual
CD1 Attendees: Group

Poor
10%
3%

Building Components
Fair
% Poor & Fair
34%
44%
29%
31%

Very
Important

Important

Moderately
Important

Not Important

No Opinion

27
263
290
4

18
170
188
4

12
137
149
1

4
33
37
0

3
44
47
1

Perceived Middle School Needs


350

300

250

290

200

188

150

Total Individual
CD1 Attendees: Group

149
100

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Response Summary
Of all the respondents, 67% believe that the
condition of building components are either
important or very important when considering
which middle school to replace or renovate first.

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47

Very Important

Important

Moderately
Important

Not Important

No Opinion

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Community Dialogue #1| Question 6


Support levels for consolidation or rebuilding both middle schools
CD1 Attendees: Individual
Keeping both Taylor and Warrenton middle schools
Consolidating both programs into one larger middle school

Support
48
19

No opinion
5
3

Do not support
5
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Web
Keeping both Taylor and Warrenton middle schools
Consolidating both programs into one larger middle school

Support
366
283

No opinion
81
57

Do not support
124
255

Total Individual
Keeping both Taylor and Warrenton middle schools
Consolidating both programs into one larger middle school

Support
414
302

No opinion
86
60

Do not support
129
283

CD1 Attendees: Group


Keeping both Taylor and Warrenton middle schools
Consolidating both programs into one larger middle school

Support
9
4

No opinion
0
0

Do not support
1
3

Support

No opinion

Do not support

66%
47%

14%
9%

21%
44%

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Community Dialogue #1| Question 7


In the event one site is selected to consolidate both Taylor MS & Warrenton MS on one
site, what factors should be considered for a consolidated location?
Narrative Response Summary
A majority of the comments mentioned the importance of access to the site, safety,
traffic, adequate parking, a central location, and the availability of space. A handful of
the comments suggested that they did not support the of consolidation of these
schools, while others specified a site where this consolidated school could be built.

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Community Dialogue #1| Question 8


What factors should FCPS consider to honor the historical significance of each site
regardless of the options selected?
Narrative Response Summary
Respondents seem to like the idea of creating a memorial for the schools, whether that
be a plaque, mosaic, or a small museum for memorabilia within the new building. If
the schools were to be consolidated, many respondents believe that the name should
be some combination of the two current schools, either Taylor-Warrenton or WarrentonTaylor. Many of the comments alluded to history being very important, and respondents
do not want that history to be forgotten.

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Community Dialogue #1| Question 9


What other academic or facility factors should be considered as the middle school
prioritization process progresses?
Narrative Response Summary
The main point made by respondents had to do with utilizing technology to its full
potential. Other factors that respondents feel should be considered include natural light
in classrooms and small student to teacher ratios.

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Tonights activity
Create a list of considerations you believe the District and
consultant team should consider when developing options for:
1.

Renovating or Replacing Taylor

2.

Renovating or Replacing Warrenton

3.

Creating a consolidated middle school on one site

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