When school district officials are developing a facilities master plan, not only do they have to make crucial decisions about the fate of their district’s properties, but they must also be efficient and accurate. Technology can aid school planners in district planning. Geographical Information Systems (GIS), for example, is a computer mapping system used to analyze and display spatial data. GIS was created to help cartographers and geographers with mapping and surveying methods, but today, many different industries use GIS to make informed decisions, including in K-12 and higher education.
GIS is a powerful decision-making tool that can be used across administration, policy, and instruction in a variety of ways, including:
- Mapping campus buildings and infrastructure
- Planning for attendance boundary changes
- Deciding where and when school openings and closures should occur
- Visually displaying the condition of campus facilities
- Efficiently developing school bus routes
- Creating enrollment projections
- Cleaning up student feeder patterns
- Equitably assigning students to schools
- Demographic analysis and reapportionment
- Bond planning
As experienced capital bond program advisors and managers, we completely understand the stress of a major capital building and improvements program, and we’re here to make the process easier and more effective. After all, we assume administering capital bond programs isn’t your day job. You’re in the business of educating children.
HPM’s experts use GIS to develop and implement strategic facility plans for our partners. If your district is embarking on a facilities master plan or capital bond program, Let’s work together on a customized approach.