MVLA continues work on Facilities Master Plan

The Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District has one last step to take before its Facilities Master Plan is complete.

So far, the district has assessed the condition of its current facilities and received a demographers report that indicates a 14.6 percent bump in enrollment over the next six years.

Mark Quattrocchi of Quattrocchi Kwok Architects presented the district’s final step – what he called “the most meaningful” step in the equation of developing a Facilities Master Plan – reviewing the educational program needs.

“It is important to understand not only what you are doing in the classrooms, but what is it you wish to be doing as educators,” he said. “We will be working with educators and staff to gain an understanding of where you want to go as a district.”

Quattrocchi explained that education specifications were needed in the facilities discussion because “what you do in the classroom affects the facilities needed.”

The next step, which could begin in January, will involve input from administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and the community.

Quattrocchi noted a smattering of sample topics the committees would address, including classroom loading; technology in the curriculum; basic learning environment needs; academies; the library/media center; campus entry, drop-off and parking; student access; and security.

After educational specifications are gathered, the architect can begin to develop a cost estimate of the proposed improvements, Quattrocchi said. He added that the Facilities Master Plan is a “living document” that is constantly being updated.

“The Facilities Master Plan only works when the board of trustees is very much involved and controls this process,” he said. “Yes, there is a lot of input involved, but in the end, you – the board – will help us design this process.”

The board directed district staff to create a proposal for Quattrocchi Kwok Architects to coordinate the next stage in the process. Quattrocchi estimated that if his team begins in January, he might be able to report back to trustees in April.

“We will be moving as quickly as we can,” said Superintendent Jeff Harding in a follow-up interview. “We have students coming to (the district) and we need to respond rapidly.” The next board meeting is scheduled Jan. 9.

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