Capital Maintenance Needs
The District works hard to maintain its facilities. However, most of a school district’s year-to-year funding is spent on instruction and student services, leaving limited resources for capital maintenance projects like roof replacements or heating and cooling system repairs.
SASD conducted a comprehensive district-wide facilities study to help identify it’s long-range capital maintenance needs. Those needs were further refined and prioritized in 2022.
In total, the District faces over $37.4 million in capital maintenance needs over the next 10 years.
Teaching and learning has changed dramatically over the last several decades. In today’s classrooms, learning is more active and collaborative with the student at the center. More and more, students work in small and large groups, solving problems and discussing issues.
In the facilities study, Stoughton schools were found to lack flexibility, natural daylight, proper interior and exterior site circulation, and collaboration spaces. One example showcasing these identified needs is the high school library and cafeteria. Although these spaces are at the heart of the building, they are enclosed and private. Opening up areas like these allows for students and small groups to gather at all times of the day.
By creating flexible, adaptable and varied learning environments, Stoughton schools can foster a student-focused approach to education and cultivate an environment where every student feels like they belong in our schools.
If the district address capital maintenance needs, improves educational environments, and implements sustainable elements: the district’s potential operational savings may be used for other high-priority needs including: programming, staffing, curriculum, etc.
Dedicated physical education and cafeteria spaces at the elementary level would allow schedule flexibility, expand curriculum opportunities, promote equity across physical education programming, as well as provide space for large-group instruction, student performances, and community use.