Facilities Master Plan FAQs

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  • 1. What is the purpose of the facilities master plan?

  • 2. How will the master plan be used?

  • 3. Why is the ACSD Board considering closing some small schools?

  • 4. Are other districts in Vermont going through this same process?

  • 5. What is the Board’s vision of facilities that support the highest educational opportunities for our students?

  • 6. Why are education costs increasing?

  • 7. Wasn’t unification supposed to lower costs?

  • 8. How can I become better informed and when do votes happen?

  • 9. How did our facilities get to the point where they needed such significant investment?

  • 10. Why are the decisions in the master plan district decisions and not town decisions?

  • 11. Unification was seen as a way to be stronger together. How is the master plan serving that end?

  • 12. How will the ACSD Board determine which schools will close, if any?

  • 13. Even if we close schools, will we still need to go out for a bond?

  • 14. How will there be any taxpayer savings if we are taking out a large bond?

  • 15. What happens if our enrollment increases after closing schools?

  • 16. How much is International Baccalaureate costing?

  • 17. How is ACSD balancing its vision of nurturing the development of engaged citizens with the issue of cost and taxation?

  • 18. How does the Board define equity and how does this impact its work on the facilities master plan?

  • 19. What is the extent of the necessary repairs and improvements that have been estimated through previous facilities analyses? How accurate are these assessments?

  • 20. What will the impact be of transportation on the Board’s analysis of options?

  • 21. How is tuition money utilized by the district and how does it affect per-pupil cost?

  • 22. Should a school be closed, what happens to the building? What restrictions are in place for its future possible uses?

  • 23. Is it possible to expand Pre-K programs in all elementary schools to attract more families to ACSD?

  • 24. How accurate are enrollment trends and forecasts?

  • 25. What’s the overall timeline for the master plan and the decisions within it?