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In 2021, Salem Public Schools has launched a process to develop a long-range Facility Master Plan (FMP) in partnership with district, school, and community stakeholders.

This comprehensive plan will be founded on guiding principles, objective data, and stakeholder voice, with an inclusive and transparent planning process, and will inform critical facility-use decisions and identify and prioritize equitable capital improvement projects for 2022 state grant application, resulting in lasting improvement for the future generations of Salem students.

In addition to addressing the physical infrastructure of our facilities, the FMP process will consider fundamental operational aspects of the District, such as educational programs, grade configurations, school size and location.

This vitally important project is being facilitated by CannonDesign, a national educational architecture and planning company with a major office in Boston, with actively-engaged school stakeholders participating in three ways:

  • District Planning Committee (DPC) comprised of educational leaders who will review baseline facility and student demographic data, develop draft long-term operational and capital options, consider community input, and inform final recommendations to Salem Public Schools leadership.
  • Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) comprised of cross-sectional representation of Salem’s diverse school communities – students, parents, teachers, and community members.  The SAC will co-author a community survey, act as liaisons to the community in two open-invitation at-large community forums, and provide input into draft long-range facility options proposed by the DPC.
  • Community Forums (CF) at least two open-invitation in which the community at large will have an opportunity to provide input into FMP goals and priorities, review proposed options, and provide feedback through virtual meetings and online surveys. We anticipate participants from the DPC and SAC groups will also attend the Community Forums.

Key events for the FMP are outlined below:

Planning data and documents can be viewed here for transparent access.

Questions? Comments? Looking to get in touch? Don’t hesitate to reach out below.

Paul Mills, LEED AP