Community-led Committee Waits For Next School Year to Continue Planning
Two of the quarterly meetings of the community-led Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC) are a casualty of our local response to the global coronavirus pandemic.
CFAC is the group of Highline residents selected by lottery or appointed by organizations. CFAC makes recommendations to the school board regarding future school bonds and community priorities for school construction.
CFAC co-chairs Omaha Sternberg, Shane Stender and Bontu Balda, along with district staff, postponed further CFAC meetings until the 2020-21 school year. The plan is to meet in person, once public gatherings are possible, to continue the process of building community consensus on school construction priorities.
Current members of CFAC will be invited to continue as members once meetings resume. Vacant committee seats will be filled by lottery and appointment.
Delaying the meeting schedule itself should not impact school bond timelines in the future. CFAC's goal this school year was to prioritize the list of older schools and maintain a knowledgeable community-led committee, but not recommend a Phase 3 bond yet.
A Phase 2 bond (recommended by CFAC in spring 2019) can be placed on a future ballot when the school board decides it is the right timing for our community. No decisions have been made about when that will be.
The message postponing the April CFAC meeting said, "Thank you for your service and contributions to our discussions this school year.... We will get through this and meet again to learn more and move forward. We will continue to send you updates until we can meet in person."