Over the last 15 years or so our Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) has been the tool we have used to guide the development of buildings and grounds on the MECS and Ranges TEC campuses. It has been the tool we have used to make the case for millions of dollars of capital grants over those years. It has also been a tool that we have reshaped multiple times to account for opportunities and challenges that have come our way.
When I say we, I really mean the Board on behalf of the Association. They are the champions of the vision to Seek the Kingdom of God in Education. They are the decision makers that determine if the plans for the spaces in which we do school truly serve the vision.
Our IMP has a number of elements that remain to be completed. The project in progress to develop new learning spaces for Junior Primary is the most visible one at the moment (and beginning to take shape). The partially completed main office development is another awaiting fulfillment. And the fourth Senior Primary classroom is yet to be built on top of the second storey concrete slab above the Foundation classrooms.
Nevertheless, the shape of developments over the next ten years needs some serious thought. There are some puzzles surrounding the best way to respond to our growth opportunities, our parking and traffic challenges, the developments in the way technology is impacting learning, the ramped-up need for sustainability, a deliberation on how to take 1970s and 1980s buildings into a 21st century learning environment, and the need to use our campus spaces wisely with respect to our impact on the environment.
For these reasons, we have engaged the services of the architectural firm Stanton Dahl to assist us to develop the next IMP. Recently, Shayne Evans of Stanton Dahl visited with us to get a feel for both the MECS and Ranges TEC campuses and for an initial day of consultation. This is the beginning of a process that will continue through the year. We are planning for a Stakeholder consultation day in July – stay tuned for details. This will be an opportunity for Association members and staff to contribute to the undergirding ideas that will inform the next IMP.
What’s in a plan? To me a plan, the Infrastructure Master Plan, will be another way to express our faith that we rely of Jesus for wisdom and insight to continue the good journey toward the Kingdom of God that this school has been on for nearly 50 years.