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Timeline of THE RDP PROJECT Construction

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is the population increase?

  2. What is the timeline for construction and demolition of the early childhood center?

  3. What about restroom facilities for students and staff on 1st/2nd floors?

  4. Will the new media center design, using risers for seating, be able to be closed off?

  5. Do you think the new plan is large enough and will this accommodate growth?

  6. Do we need more? What if it’s not enough?

  7. Why a one story facility at the Burtsfield property and does it have enough classrooms?


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1. What is the population increase?


Currently the student enrollment increase over the past six years is nearing 400 students. The current student enrollment of WLCSC is 2,347. The RDP Project allows for an enrollment of approximately 2,800 students grades K-12. In the future, if enrollment goes beyond 2,800 students, additional classrooms could be added to Cumberland, the new elementary school at the Burtsfield site, and the Early Childhood/Kindergarten center. The Jr/Sr High School could possibly add more classrooms if the current parking and the football field to the south of the building were redesigned.


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2. What is the timeline for construction and demolition of the early childhood center?


Construction bidding of the RDP Projects could begin as early as the spring of 2017 with a proposed completion date of all concepts concluding by the summer of 2020.  Exact timelines and schedules will be developed and finalized early 2017 and posted on the www.theRDPproject.com website.  The early childhood/kindergarten should be operational no later than 2020.


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3. What about restroom facilities for students and staff on 1st/2nd floors?


During the schematic design process, additional restrooms will be included in the designs for both students and staff and will meet all federal and state laws.


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4. Will the new media center design, using risers for seating, be able to be closed off?


The appropriate designs will be rendered to ensure the safety of students and the security of the building.


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5. Do you think the new plan is large enough and will this accommodate growth?


Using the building sites of WLCSC, the Facilities Strategic Planning Team has developed a facilities plan that can accommodate up to 2,800 students with potential of additional classrooms if needed. (see question 1)


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6. Do we need more? What if it’s not enough?


Although there is data to help plan for the future, one can never be certain what will happen 10 to 20 years from now. The current plan addresses growth for approximately a 20% increase in student enrollment. Design considerations have been made allowing for additional classrooms if needed. (see question 1 and question 5)


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7. Why a one story facility at the Burtsfield property and does it have enough classrooms?


The first consideration of any new school is the safety of the students followed by the learning environment.  In vetting multiple facility concepts with the Happy Hollow educators, it was requested over and over to consider a one story facility for improving student safety and providing a much better learning environment for children in grades 4, 5 and 6.  On September 19, at the School Board work session, a group of Happy Hollow teachers provided to the School Board and audience the safety and educational advantages of a one-story facility which included the following:

  1. Better supervision of students;
  2. Safer for students to exit in case of an evacuation;
  3. Teachers of the same grade level can meet to collaborate and to share students based upon the learning needs of each student;
  4. Taking students to other classrooms within the building will be timelier thus saving time for more instruction. 

In reviewing the costs of the new elementary school, the architects project a two-story building could increase the costs between 15%-20% more. There is room for expansion should more classes be needed.   The current enrollment at Happy Hollow is 537 students.   The new elementary school is being designed to accommodate for up to 750 students if necessary.

The RDP Project Objectives

Mission of the RDP Project


The mission of the RDP Project is to continue providing to our students a world-class education experience that includes awarding winning academics, art, music, and athletic programs which contributes to making West Lafayette a valuable place to live.



Why the RDP Project?


Over the past seven years, WLCSC has experienced incredible student enrollment growth of nearly 400 students.  Today, ample room for instruction is no longer available at WLCSC.  In addition, lack of cafeteria, gymnasium and music space and aging, overcrowded school buildings must be addressed.

The West Lafayette community supports public education.  The RDP Project is a reflection of the community and shows the importance of education.   By improving the school facilities, we improve the educational environment for our students, present and future, while at the same time enhancing the neighborhoods of the West Lafayette community.



 

Key Factors of Design


Through the construction process, the following  principles will lead the design at each facility:

  1. The health and safety of students
  2. The learning environment for the students
  3. The cost of the project
  4. The quality of life for the community

 


Key Guiding Principles


  1. A safe, healthy learning environment is a cornerstone of academic achievement.
  2. Environmental considerations promote global citizenship.
  3. Student diversity and interests must be celebrated.
  4. Effective instructional practices are embraced leading to academic rigor and innovation.
  5. Community input and financial responsibility foster community support.
  6. Student learning extends past the school schedule and beyond WLCSC schools.
  7. WLCSC schools are hubs of community activity.



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