Supt. Message: Blueprint APS Update and Upcoming Board of Education Presentation

APS:

I would like to keep you updated on our Blueprint APS process. As I shared with you a few weeks ago, the Board of Education directed staff to begin planning what implementation could look like to achieve our community’s vision for future planning. During their May 28 meeting, the Board affirmed the high-level framework we presented and previously shared with you. As a reminder, our priorities are:

  • Making more efficient use of our buildings to maximize our limited resources

  • Taking advantage of regional strengths to provide more opportunities for students

  • Increasing choice options at APS-operated schools by leveraging regional strengths

As we move into the future, this means expanding programming that furthers college and career preparedness, whole-child development including additional mental health services, and support for our diverse population of global citizens including immigrants and refugees. All of these programming opportunities will support the district’s focus on improving student growth and achievement outcomes throughout the district.

On Tuesday, June 18, the Board of Education will be presented with initial analysis and the first steps toward creating an implementation framework and planning process. I encourage you to review the presentation, which is now available on BoardDocs. In moving forward, the 10-year Blueprint APS draft facility plan will focus its work in the following ways:

  • Opening new P-8 schools by constructing new buildings or repurposing through remodeling or replacing existing facilities

  • Transitioning from neighborhood schools to boundary schools, meaning new boundaries would be larger than current attendance areas to increase operational efficiencies

  • Aligning facilities to meet the needs of expanded district-managed choice programs emphasizing regional strengths

The first draft of our current thinking is to consider transitioning the following schools from serving a neighborhood to a larger boundary:

Far East Area:

  • Aurora Frontier

  • Murphy Creek

  • Vista PEAK

  • Exploratory

  • New P-8 at Harmony

Central Area:

  • Fulton

  • Peoria

  • Sixth Avenue

  • Vaughn

  • AWCPA

  • Boston

  • South

Northwest Area:

  • Altura

  • Crawford

  • Montview

  • Rocky Mountain Prep

  • Sable

  • North

Southwest Area:

  • Dartmouth

  • Jewell

  • Virginia Court

  • Yale

  • Aurora Hills

As a school district, we must take a holistic approach to future planning. Every region in the district will be impacted by Blueprint APS over the next decade. There will be opportunities to provide more educational programming choices for families and to leverage the unique strengths of each region. In order to achieve this vision, there will need to be a discussion on repurposing school buildings throughout the district, which may include:

  • Reconfiguration of grade levels that a school building serves to emphasize APS’ P-8 model, especially given the success of this academic model in APS

  • Use of repurposed buildings for magnet schools, community centers, other choice offerings, or other district uses

  • Consolidation of school buildings

  • Closure of school buildings

In order to begin a community conversation about repurposing buildings, we began with district analysis that considered prioritizing regions and grade levels most impacted by enrollment declines. District staff also considered building locations and neighborhood characteristics including demographic shifts, facility age and conditions, as well as building and site assets. After this initial analysis, APS must begin considering repurposing buildings throughout the district over the next decade, which may include:

Northwest Area:

  • Crawford

  • Paris

  • Park Lane

  • North

Central Area:

  • Kenton

  • Lansing

  • Lyn Knoll

  • Peoria

  • Sixth Avenue

  • South

Southwest Area:

  • Century

  • Jewell

  • Wheeling

  • Aurora Hills

This potential repurpose list is NOT a closure list. Repurposing a building may include all of the possibilities identified above. You may notice that some schools appear on both lists. Once again, this is because this is a first draft of thinking using initial analysis. Also, some schools on the repurpose list may be reconfigured to serve a different set of grade levels. Please remember Blueprint APS is a long-term plan meaning some changes may not happen for several more years. There are NO changes planned for the upcoming 2019-20 school year.

Moving forward with Blueprint APS will involve much work, planning and community engagement. Please know that we are in the very beginning stages of a long-term planning process. I recognize that you may have many unanswered questions and I want to emphasize that many of those questions can only be answered as we continue through our planning process. Thank you for your patience and dedication to fulfilling our community’s Blueprint APS vision for the future.

Rico Munn
Superintendent
Aurora Public Schools
303-365-7800

“My job is to accelerate learning for every APS student, every day.  I do my job by making sure we have the right people, doing the right work, with the right resources in the right way.  My community needs me to do my job.”

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