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Board approves formation of Community Task Force on Facilities

25 to 30 stakeholders, including parents, teachers, students and community leaders to represent all five high school attendance zones and recommend next steps.
The Board of Education for Springfield Public Schools approved the formation of a Community Task Force on Facilities during its regular meeting Tuesday evening. While the complete list of stakeholders will be forthcoming, the Board named Bridget Dierks and David Hall to co-chair the committee, with Denise Fredrick and Tim Rosenbury serving as board member liaisons.


About the Community Task Force on Facilities
The Board of Education approved the following scope and process for commissioning of the task force.

Driving Question:
What facility improvement projects need to be completed to ensure all SPS students have access to safe and quality learning environments?

-Review information regarding the current state of SPS facilities and provide feedback and recommendations to SPS board and administration regarding high priority projects which the task force believes the community would support in a future bond issue.

-25 to 30 SPS stakeholders including parents, students, teachers, community leaders, etc. The group will include representation from all five high school attendance zones and be representative of the diverse population of the school district.

Begin in June with charge and initial information from the district and then the group will determine what additional information they need for their recommendation.  Will meet twice a month, or as requested by the group, with a target completion date of October 15.

Initial Information Provided by District:
-District strategic plan, facility master plan documents, current demographic projects, post-election community survey data, current project study list, and architect project study results (July/August).

Additional Information:
-Membership will be appointed by SPS board officers and the panel will be chaired by members of the panel.
-Two board members will represent the Board of Education on the panel and serve as liaisons who will provide updates to the board throughout the process.
-All meetings will be open to the public. Dates and times will be posted and minutes taken.

About Bridget Dierks, Co-Chair

Bridget Dierks is the vice president of programs for Community Foundation of the Ozarks, responsible for the development and operation of grant programming. Dierks coordinates activities and directs the Youth Empowerment Project of the Ozarks, which focuses on youth philanthropy. Her community service includes membership in Leadership Springfield’s Class 29 and board membership for the Community Partnership of the Ozarks and the Network of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce.

“I am the parent of a pre-school child who will soon attend Springfield Public Schools, so this is important to me personally,” said Bridget Dierks. “At CFO, we are dedicated to addressing the poverty issue and there is no better way to do that than by investing in education. The community voice is very important to determining the path forward.”

About David Hall, Co-Chair

David Hall is the university emergency manager for Missouri State University, managing the university’s planning, budgeting, training and programming related to emergency preparedness and response and oversight of the safety and transportation department. Prior to joining Missouri State, Hall served the Springfield Fire Department for 27 years, culminating in his leadership role as fire chief. Hall’s community involvement has included service as chair of the Greene County 911 Advisory Board, intelligence liaison officer for the Missouri State Highway Patrol Information Analysis Center, member of the IAFC Terrorism and Homeland Security Committee, and secretary of the Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs.

“I’ve been involved in the community for many years and I know that our school system is one of the foundational pillars,” said David Hall. “I am willing to do anything to help our schools, and I’ll be evaluating opportunities from a holistic, community perspective.”