Survey, public meetings announced to give input on Hamilton County school buildings

Dan Schmidit of MGT Consulting Group details the plane for Hamilton County Schools's facilities. Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Bryan Johnson, Chief Operations Officers Ken Bradshaw, Director of Facilities Justin Witt, Mayor Jim Coppinger, other schools officials and Dan Schmidt Director Education Consulting Group for MGT Consulting Group spoke to the Times Free Press about the future of facilities on July 123, 2019.

MGT Consulting Group has released a public survey and plans for public meetings to allow community input on Hamilton County Schools' buildings.

A preliminary report, unveiled in July by the company, identified more than $1.36 billion in capital needs across 74 schools in Hamilton County.

Auditors evaluated the physical condition, grounds, existing classrooms space and technology readiness of every school this spring. Ultimately, MGT recommends renovating 11 schools, adding to 10 schools, building new buildings for three schools and closing 15 school buildings.

The factors that were considered in the MGT facilities audit included each schools' enrollment, capacity, utilization, physical condition, educational program suitability, and technology infrastructure.

MGT will hold community meetings in various locations to receive further input, according to a news release. The community meetings will be held in each of the learning communities in the district and will be open to all area residents. The meetings will provide information about the MGT preliminary plan and allow those attending to present questions.

The community input from the meetings, as well as the feedback in the survey will be included in the final recommendation to Hamilton County school board members.

A list of the locations of the meetings can be found below, along with a link to the survey.

December 3

- Hixson High, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

- Harrison Elementary, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

December 4

- Lookout Valley Middle/High Schools, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

December 5

- Dalewood Middle, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

- East Brainerd Elementary, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

MGT Consulting Group survery: