It is an exciting time to be a part of Fremont City Schools. As I write this article, we have just had our Visioning
Meeting for the new facilities. We had about 100 people attend through the snow to be a part of the process.
It was an intense day. We began with sharing the Successes and Challenges of our current facilities. Those
responses were very interesting, though not unpredictable. We then watched a video about how we need to meet
the educational demands of the future. Chris Smith, architect from TDA, then shared many photos and stories of
new schools from around the State. Seeing these photos was, for me, the most exhilarating part of the day.
After lunch, we spent a lot of time writing down our desires for our new spaces by category: athletics, special
education, music, art, etc. We finished the day with actual overhead pictures of the sites and the corresponding
cutouts of the “rooms” that will make up the schools. We had gyms, classrooms, cafeterias, parking lots and other
spaces cutout of paper and were asked to lay out possible spatial concepts of the buildings. I think Mr. Zeller,
Ross Principal, summed it up best at the end by saying that this is why he is an educator and not an architect. I
believe it showed the many decisions that will have to be made as we go forward and the level of compromise
that will be necessary during this process.
My closing comments for the day included the reminder that, along with the excitement, we have to recognize
the huge amount of change that will be coming to our world. Change is never easy, and we have a LOT of change
in our future.
I also mentioned that we must do our best to design buildings and have no regrets. We have to get this right!
We will make it through and share a fabulous ride that we can be proud of for our entire lives, knowing we
have been a part of the future.
Thank you for allowing me to lead.
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