Address $1 Billion of Deferred Maintenance
Duval’s schools are the oldest in the state. State funding cuts since 2008 have reduced facility funding by more than $300 million. The cut in funding has led to a cuts in all but the most urgent maintenance priorities, and that has led to a backlog of maintenance expected to balloon to $1 billion by 2024. Funding from the half-penny voluntary surtax will address this long list of maintenance needs at all schools.
Enhance District Efficiency
Jacksonville's long history has left the district with numerous small schools that are now often operating below capacity. This wastes dollars on administrative overhead and requires upkeep on more buildings than the district needs. The plan calls for consolidation of these schools to align with projected enrollment, resulting in the net elimination of more than 3,000 student stations and newer, safer and more technologically-advanced schools for students.
Make Every School Safe and Secure
Contemporary threats to school safety require contemporary strategies to keep students and staff safe. The master facility plan includes initiatives for every school to receive safety and security upgrades in the first three years. Safety and security projects will begin being implemented in 2021.
Remove All or Most Portables
Being in a portable means being somewhat disconnected in a school environment. While the plan right-sizes the district with regard to student seats, it also meets the needs for growth where it has already happened and where it is expected. The plan estimates the ability to eliminate more than 400 portables, enabling those students and teachers to reconnect with their peers and colleagues in main school buildings.
Improve Student Learning
Research is clear that the quality of the space matters for the quality of learning. Natural light, air quality and temperature, acoustics, and a sense of safety are some of the areas that multiple studies have identified as significant factors impacting learning outcomes. Much like the workplace for adults, purposefully designed student spaces lead to higher productivity and more learning.