Facility Condition Assessment & Master Planning Services – Simsbury Public Schools Questionnaire / Survey
Over the past year and half, dating back to the fall of 2018, the Board of Education has been working with Tecton Architects, the Town of Simsbury, the Facilities and Enrollment Task Force Committee, representatives of the various public town boards, faculty, staff and the community to develop a Long Range Master Plan for the Simsbury Public Schools. The goal is to assess the existing conditions of the schools, review the educational needs, engage the public in the exploration of responsive solutions and ultimately develop a long-range master plan to address the facility and educational needs of the community for future generations.

There have been two public forums, dozens of committee meetings, and a significant amount of work completed to date. We continue to receive input from a solid cross section of the community on this effort and hope to strengthen this interaction through this survey. The information and feedback you provide will help to shape and assess the various planning options presented at the next community forum. Thank you for your help as we work toward identifying the best plan for the future of our community, its schools, and the students we serve. The purpose of this survey is to solicit feedback over the next several weeks and develop revised options to present to the community at our third public forum on March 4, 2020 at 7 p.m. at the high school auditorium at 34 Farms Village Road.

This survey will close on Friday, February 21, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Demographic Information:
1. Do you have school aged children?
2. What district are you associated with?
3. How long have you resided in Simsbury?
4. If you have lived in Simsbury for less than 20 years, were the schools a major deciding factor in your decision to move here?
1. Have you been in a school building within the last 5 years?
2. If yes, how satisfied are you with the physical condition of the school facilities?
3. Would you support a 6th grade addition to Henry James Memorial School?
4. Would you support a new 5-6 intermediate school on the Henry James Memorial School site?
5. If yes, which do you prefer?
6. The current master planning effort contemplates grade reconfiguration. Please rank from 1 (most desirable) to 3 (least desirable) the potential grade structures below:
Rank 1
Rank 2
Rank 3
Existing structure - PK-6 Elementary, 7-8 Middle School, 9-12 High School
Option 1 - A new 5-6 school, PK-4 Elementary Schools, 7-8 Middle School, 9-12 High School
Option 2 - A 6th grade addition to Henry James, PK-5 Elementary Schools, 9-12 High School
7. Where do you believe the most effective location is for Grade 6?
8. In your opinion, which is more important:
9. Prioritize from 1 (most important) to 5 (least important), the following items:
Rank 1
Rank 2
Rank 3
Rank 4
Rank 5
Grade configuration
Total Project Cost / Tax Impact
Physical Condition of Schools
Improving Energy Efficiency
Innovative Learning Environments
10. In planning for improvements to the physical condition of the schools, what would you rather see?
11. Would you support a long range capital improvement program to address the physical and educational needs of the elementary schools if it meant an increase to your taxes?
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