As part of its current long-range facility planning process, Liberty Public Schools will host two meetings in February to gather feedback from the community.

Patrons are invited to attend either of the meetings, scheduled for Thursdays, Feb. 16 and 23, to share their perspectives on district and facility priorities with representatives from Hollis + Miller Architects. The meetings are part of the firm’s efforts to evaluate LPS facility needs and update the district’s long-range plan.

“What we’ll be looking to do is have community members come in and join in the discussion to help us craft what those priorities are and understand we have left no stone unturned and we know exactly what is important to the community and to the school district,” said Hollis + Miller Architects Client Leader Kevin Nelson.

LPS Chief Operations Officer Steve Anderson said both meetings will go through the same process, but different dates and times were planned to encourage more patron participation.

“Hollis + Miller will start with giving a high-level overview of what the long-range facility planning process is and why districts do it,” the COO said. “From there we will breakout into groups to discuss planning criteria, which are the vision and principles that will be used to develop the plan.”

Participants will be asked their opinions on several topics during the meetings, among them, school size, student-to-teacher ratios, and creating safe and secure school environments. Anderson said this phase of the planning process is more about general concepts. Specific projects will be identified and proposed in the coming months.

For those unable to attend either meeting, the district is preparing to add a facility survey to its homepage, www.liberty.12.mo.us where community members can offer their input.

“Hollis + Miller will pull the results from the meetings and community input and craft some options for the district to consider,” Anderson said.

The long-range planning process is working to identify projects included in a potential April 2018 ballot issue.

County and Education Editor Ryne Dittmer can be reached at 389-6606 or ryne.dittmer@npgco.com.

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