Springfield Facilities Master Plan

Springfield PSD #186 | Springfield, Illinois

In 2017, District 186 embarked on a 2-year comprehensive master plan that led to a successful sales-tax referendum. The journey involved the coordination and cooperation of many entities with differing missions uniting for a common goal.

ith the community’s input, opinions, and feedback, the district’s plan was shaped with the strongest information possible, supporting its educational mission.  

The Challenge

How do we transform a large urban district with aging facilities and infrastructure into equitable, future-focused learning environments, with a comprehensive understanding of building needs?

The Solution

Through nine Community Meetings, six Facilitation Team Meetings, and 10 Ward Meetings, attended by over 1,000 interested stakeholders, a comprehensive VISION for the future of District 186 emerged. The plan accounts for the cost/benefit analysis of every building’s improvements to ensure that every dollar that the district planned to spend was used wisely.

A Community's VISION

The resulting plan not only helped identify a clear path for addressing all areas of need, but it was also an essential piece of building support for public funding to implement the plan. Following the completion of the plan, Sangamon County overwhelmingly passed a referendum to implement the 1% Facility Sales Tax for school facilities, which had failed in previous elections. The district began implementation in 2019. ​

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Passage of a 1% county-wide sales tax referendum, generating 200+ million in funding for the district.