Chapter XI: The School Plan
Criterion: The physical plant, facilities and equipment enable the school personnel to effectively implement the school program.
Both the Mission Hills and Linda Vista campuses have undergone significant master planning efforts in the past decade and the ensuing renovation and new construction projects have transformed each facility. The Mission Hills campus was established in 1912 and extensive renovation projects have been completed since 1998. Some of these initiatives include voluntary seismic retrofitting; electrical and plumbing replacement; and numerous improvements relating to the historical nature of the buildings. In 2003-2004 the School completed a $10 million renovation on the campus and constructed a new library/science building, new classrooms and a computer lab, new on-site parking, and new landscaping as well as renovation of the administrative offices. In 2005 the Lower School playground was replaced with a high quality playing surface. The School is legitimately proud of these significant enhancements to the Mission Hills campus, resulting in facilities that meet the needs of the students, faculty, parents and the Parker community.
Similarly ambitious planning and ensuing construction has occurred on the Linda Vista campus (founded in the 1950’s) and three phases of the School’s four-phase Master Plan will be completed by Fall 2007. Following a nation-wide architectural competition, the School completed phase one of the plan: the complete renovation of outdoor athletic facilities, including state-of-the-art synthetic field, new bleachers and storage, parking and lighting. A second major project resulted in 29 new Upper School classrooms, 8 new science labs/classrooms, administrative offices and a commons building for Upper School students. A third phase of the campus Master Plan is in process this academic year and will result in a new library, 6 Middle School classrooms, and a commons area for Middle School students. The final phase of the Plan, which will include facilities for arts, music, administration as well as enhanced parking and traffic management is currently under review.
Parker’s commitment to the belief that “learning (is) enhanced by state-of-the-art buildings that incorporate inspired architecture, natural light, fresh air, and environmental sustainable technologies” is readily evident on both School campuses.
The Committee commends:
1. the Board of Trustees, School administration and staff for the extensive planning and renovation completed on the Mission Hills Campus and the Linda Vista Campus, ensuring that the facilities are inspiring spaces that enhance student learning.
2. the Chief Operating Officer, the Facilities and Purchasing Manager, and the Maintenance Directors who ensure that the Parker’s facilities are well-maintained, inviting spaces for learning.
3. the Board of Trustees and administration for planning and construction that resulted in facilities designed to maximize energy conservation.
4. the maintenance staff on the Linda Vista and Mission Hills Campuses for clearly modeling the essence of a Parker education, enabling them to play an integral role in students’ lives.
The Committee recommends that:
1. the Board of Trustees, senior administration and staff remain committed to completing the School’s Master Planning Process, to address previously identified needs for new facilities for the visual arts and music, student services, and administration.
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