Faced with aging infrastructure that will require many ongoing maintenance costs, Trinidad School District No. 1 established a Strategic Planning Committee that’s designed to address those pressing needs going into the future.
The Willdan Group, Inc. was selected through a competitive bid process to develop the Facilities Maintenance Master Plan. At the Monday, June 24 Board of Education meeting, the Board voted to continue with the Willdan Group as the design build firm, as an agenda item added at the start of the meeting.
The strategic planning committee met before the Board meeting to draft a five-year facilities strategic plan. The committee members prioritized the capital outlay projects using the Facilities Maintenance Master Plan, which includes a list of prioritized maintenance projects, designated Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3, for each school building.
The Facilities Maintenance Master Plan identified the Trinidad Middle School maintenance projects as the highest priority. On June 13, 2019 the State Board of Education awarded Trinidad School District 1 a $15,549,633 Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) grant for the Trinidad Middle School Renovation. With the 29 percent local match of $4,509,402, the district will receive $11,040,260 of free marijuana money from the state to complete the Trinidad Middle School Renovation project, according to school district information.
With that in mind, the Committee focused on Tier 1 projects at Trinidad High School. The Committee considered roof replacement, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility, safety, fire protection and plumbing projects for the five-year facilities strategic plan. The committee’s Jeff Roybal and Ken Tapia will finalize the five-year facilities strategic plan proposal to present to the Board at the Wednesday, July 31, Board meeting.
School Superintendent Bonnie Aaron commented about the committee and its future plans in a Wednesday, June 26 e-mail message. “The Strategic Planning Committee is made up of community members, parents, teachers and administrators,” superintendent Aaron wrote. “The Committee has been working diligently over the past three months to learn more about the district’s finances and facilities. We look forward to implementing the five-year facilities strategic plan.”
At its regular meeting as an agenda item, the Board unanimously approved the appointment of Diane Montoya as Designated Election Officer and its intent to participate in the coordinated election of Nov. 5, 2019. Any possible bond initiative to support the district‘s prioritized maintenance projects will have to be submitted to the County Clerk & Recorder’s Office by the deadline of Friday, September 6 to be included on November’s election ballot.