Agenda Item
Meeting Date: 5/11/2017 - 6:30 PM
Type: Info
Subject: Building Capacity Update (8:25 to 9:10)
ACPS Division Objective :
Objective 5
We will optimize resources.
Policy: FB - Facilities Planning
Enclosure: Building Capacity Update Report
File Attachment:
Building Capacity Update 050517.pdf
Building Capacity Update 050517 rev.pdf
Capacity vs Enrollment.pdf
Building Capacity Updates - SB 05117.pptx
Summary: Building capacity calculations are a critical metric in facility planning to ensure schools have space adequate to deliver all aspects of their instructional program.

In 2013, the Board adopted a policy revision that modified the methodology to calculate capacity. The revision made three distinct changes: it created a variable classroom multiplier, it increased the number of specialty classrooms that are excluded from capacity calculations and it counted rooms in a more rigorous manner. The result was a calculation for each school that is more responsive and applicable to a school’s specific population & program.

This proposed revision expands on those changes. While the current method does an adequate job of articulating the quantity of classrooms spaces, it does not articulate the quantity of other spaces in the building. In addition to classrooms, the instructional program requires smaller, auxiliary spaces for pull-out instruction and administrative functions. Examples include a school psychologist, ESOL instruction, or Family Support Workers who support the Bright Stars program. Each school has unique needs for these types of spaces based on both the size and demographics of their population. The era of the construction of each school is impactful as newer buildings were built with these types of spaces while older and smaller building do not.
The goals of this update were as follows:
 Continued refinement of our methodology to calculate building capacity to ensure we are planning for and providing optimum learning environments
 Quantify and articulate adequate auxiliary/small spaces outside of classrooms
 Ensure our planning tool is informed by instruction

Attached is a written report with the outcome of the work and recommendation for changes to the methodology to calculate building capacity.
Funding: n/a
Recommendation: Information Only
Recommended By:
Signed By:
Rosalyn Schmitt - Director of Budget and Planning
Signed By:
Dean Tistadt - Chief Operating Officer
Signed By:
Dr. Pamela Moran - Superintendent