Using a Capital Facilities Advisory Committee to Engage a Community


Nathan McCann Ed.D.
Ridgefield School District


1.5 Learning Units (LU)

How applies to HSW:

In the fall of 2015 the Ridgefield School District launched a Capital Facilities Advisory Committee (CFAC). Working collaboratively with the district’s architectural firrm, the CFAC was asked to evaluate current facility conditions, future needs, and make recommendations. Central to this process was an unique engagement strategy that ultimately helped the district pass their largest bond in history ($78 million) with a record-setting 69% YES vote!

Learning Objectives:
  • Leverage expert vendor knowledge (architectural, engineering, etc.) to build knowledge capacity of the Capital Facilities Advisory Committee;
  • Outreach strategies to effectively engage, educate, and inspire a diverse public
  • Using a long-range capital-planning process to identify and support programming that serves all students;
  • Crafting a creative long-range plan that addresses urgent needs, while maintaining optimal flexibility
Primary Competency:

Community Engagement:  Leads the internal and external communities through a discovery process that articulates and communicates a community-based foundational vision, forming the basis of a plan for the design of the learning environment. The vision is achieved through a combination of rigorous research, group facilitation, strategic conversations, qualitative and quantitative surveys and workshops. Demonstrates the skill to resolve stakeholder issues while embedding a community’s unique vision into the vision for its schools.

Primary Domain:

Parameters: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the aspects and guidelines of a project often regulated or administered by other entities, organizations, and/or governing agencies.

Secondary Domain:

Process: Content of this session/workshop will focus on the importance of quality processes and practices implemented by the project team when creating learning environments. The who, what, when and how of various disciplines and applications.