How We Got Here
Randall School has enjoyed a rich history and supportive community for more than 65 years.
As District Administrator Robert Antholine has said, it is time to build on our success and set goals to continuously improve. The primary focus of Randall School will always be to enhance student learning. To best do so, the building itself needs to serve our students and our community, both today and in the years to come. To that end, we are in the process of developing a Long-range Facility Master Plan (LRFMP). Ultimately, this plan must reflect the priorities of our taxpayers, which is why the District enlisted the services of School Perceptions to survey our community to not only gauge current perceptions, but along with a variety of other means (like this section of the website which will be continuously updated), to inform each and every citizen of the needs at the school and why the time is now to address them.
There are two types of referenda school districts use to obtain additional funding.
Operational Referendum: used to support daily operations and maintain current programs, services, and class sizes. The Randall community supported this type of referendum in 2015, 2018 and renewed it again in 2021.
Capital Referendum: allows a district to issue debt (take out a loan) to pay for major facility projects. Much like a home mortgage, a capital referendum is typically financed over 20 years. The Randall community supported this type of referendum in 2018 to add classrooms, a cafeteria and better secure both entrances. These projects were completed on time and within budget.
Now, we are developing the LRFMP to finish what we started.
In Spring 2022 the District hired architects GROTH Design Group and construction manager CG Schmidt to study our facility and, with the District, identify challenges. Some of the remaining challenges include:
- School Safety and Security: The safety of students and staff remains a top priority. Updates are needed to improve the student drop-off and pick-up area and vehicle circulation. In addition, within the building, we need to upgrade the camera system and building access controls.
- Building Systems and Infrastructure: We need to replace aging windows and roof sections. Updates are also needed to interior finishes such as flooring, doors, and ceilings. Many pieces of plumbing and electrical systems are past their service life, resulting in ongoing maintenance and costly repairs. Investment is also needed to improve the heating and ventilation system (HVAC), climate controls, and air quality. Restroom renovations are needed for failing plumbing, outdated finishes, and code compliance.
- Academic Classrooms and Support Areas: Teaching and learning have changed significantly since much of our school was constructed in 1957. Renovations are needed to the library, special education area, music, art, as well as the classrooms, and labs to better support hands- on learning and small-group instruction.
- Early Childhood Classrooms: The demand for full-day, four-year-old kindergarten continues to grow in our community. Next year, the District will begin to offer this service. However, we would need to add space with age-appropriate facilities.
- Bus Maintenance Garage: By owning our own buses, the District is able to be more efficient and provide a higher level of service. We currently operate 12 buses and has invested more than $1.5 million in the fleet over the last 15 years. The District would like to protect this investment by building a garage to repair and maintain our buses and vehicles.