Proposed Master Plan
The master plan and educational specifications were approved by the school board on June 25, 2012. The proposed Master Plan will be submitted for Anchorage Assembly approval in summer of 2012.
Girdwood Elementary School is located on a 28-acre site in Girdwood. The school was originally built with five classrooms in 1981 and another four were added in 1985. The existing nine-classroom school delivers kindergarten through eighth grade educational programs. The school facility serves more than educational programs; as with many schools in rural areas with modest populations, it also serves as a center of Girdwood's community.
Girdwood is continuing to mature beyond its origin as a seasonal resort by developing a permanent year-round population base. Currently over capacity, the school needs to expand to accommodate increased enrollment.
With planning monies obtained by legislative grants and a voter-approved bond issue, the school district hired Kumin Associates Inc. in January 2009 to provide master planning design services. BrainSpaces Inc. was assigned to facilitate the school community's creation of in-depth visions. These visions became a basis for developing educational specifications, which define the educational program in physical terms, describing ideal environments and linking the program to architecture. Using this information and continuing to work with the school community, conceptual Master Plan options were developed and refined to the currently proposed plans.
The resulting Master Plan modifies the site, renovates 28,300 square feet and adds approximately 30,300 square feet to the facility, reflecting educational specifications. New square footage expands existing classrooms, adds classrooms, science lab, computer lab, gym with track, resource, and support areas.
What is a school master plan?
A school renewal Master Plan is a long-range planning document that illustrates how the school will physically meet defined educational goals and objectives through a renewal program. One goal of a school Master Plan is to recognize that educational program delivery methods and curriculum components may change over time, and allow, as best it can, for flexibility to meet those changes.
What is the status of Girdwood K-8 School Renewal project’s Master Plan?
The final draft Master Plan and educational specifications were reviewed by the school and approved by the school board. During the initial planning process, presentations of the project were made to the Girdwood Board of Supervisors and Land Use Committee. The Master Plan will be submitted for assembly approval in summer 2012.
For additional information:
Mary Cary, ASD facility projects manager, 907-348-5200, firstname.lastname@example.org
Girdwood's web site
Proposition 1 - would fund improvements to 40 schools plus districtwide relocatable upgrades
- Girdwood: Design funding to address both infrastructure upgrades and addition of square footage to support existing program to include gymnasium, classrooms and support areas. $2,400,000
Funds building life extension and design projects districtwide
- Design projects would have laid the groundwork for future renovation of Girdwood K-8 and Airport Heights, Gladys Wood and Inlet View elementary schools. Within this proposed proposition, the board expanded the administration's request by $600,000 to fund the design of career, technical and vocational education for the West/Romig campus, bringing the total CTVE design funding for the joint campus to $1.2 million.
Bond holiday - no school bonds went before voters in 2010
Proposition 1 would have funded $680,000 for school design at Girdwood K-8:
- This project would complete the design for the school's long-term needs and provide a cost basis for future construction funding requests. Previous voter-approved bonds funded development of a Master Plan
passed April 1, 2008
Proposition 2 would include funding for renewal, addition & design at three schools, including the following at Girdwood K-8:
- Design to meet future student demands
The April 2007 bonds did not include funds for any projects at Girdwood School.
Proposition 10 would have renovated and expanded two elementary schools, and design and plan several other school renewal projects. At Girdwood K-8:
- School planning (Proposition 10 failed April 2006)
The November 2004 bond did not include funds for any projects at Girdwood K-8.
The projects proposed in Proposition 4, 5, and 6 were
researched by professional engineers and facility managers, reviewed
by citizens on the Capital Request Advisory Committee, and publicly
scrutinized and approved by the School Board and Assembly. The following
is a list of projects for Girdwood:
- Planning (Proposition 5 failed April 6,
- Upgrade boiler burners (Proposition 4 passed
April 6, 2004.)
- Electrical upgrade (Proposition 4 passed
April 6, 2004.)
Propositions 9, 10 and 11 were developed with
the support of the Capital Request Advisory Committee (made up of
parents, students and a good cross section of
community members), the Anchorage School Board and the Anchorage Assembly.
Proposition 9 funds repair and major maintenance projects at most schools
districtwide. Proposition 9 passed April 1, 2003.
Propositions 5 and 6 were developed with the support of the Capital
Request Advisory Committee (which represents parents, students and a
good cross section of community members), the Anchorage School Board
and the Anchorage Assembly. This rigorous public process helps ensure
that the most critical needs throughout the municipality are addressed
and that the community's investment in school facilities is protected. Propositions
5 and 6 passed April 2, 2002.