MAPS 2020
Community Survey & Feedback

We have assembled information, analytics, resources links, and infographics to help educate and inform our Manistee community about the MAPS 2020 visioning process to provide a stable educational foundation, designed to support the needs of our students, families, businesses, and community for generations to come.

Community Facilities Forum Presentation

On April 25, 2019, Ronald Stoneman, Manistee Area Public Schools Superintendent, presented a Community Facilities Forum presentation outlining preliminary options for MAPS facilities vision for the future. View the presentation here, and share your thoughts by completing the Forum Survey.

MAPS 2020 Community Survey

Join the Conversation

 

The Manistee Area Public Schools Board of Education and Administration are reaching out to the Manistee community asking for input on a visioning process that will allow them to gain greater understanding of the community’s perspective for improving the MAPS district.

This survey is an opportunity to share your perspective on the future of the MAPS district as it relates to facilities planning and quality educational resources. We appreciate your time and input. Survey results and stakeholder feedback can be viewed at www.MAPS2020.org.

The average time to complete this survey is less than 10 minutes.

 

FOCUS AREA PRIORITIES – TOP RESPONSES

All of the information contained in the toggles below are the raw data points gathered from the various forums held to date.  The MAPS 2020 site will continue to build on these sections as more groups throughout our community are approached.


The Top Responses outlined below are a summary of the top priorities identified from ALL discussions.


  • Collaborative/flexible/more space/small group accommodations
  • Improved parking/pick-up & drop-off
  • Auxiliary/dedicated gyms
  • Safe entrances to buildings
  • Electrical/tech improvements/smart boards
  • Voctech/maker’s space
  • Improved furnishings/flexible seating
  • HVAC improvement
  • Natural light/windows/lighting improvement
  • Day care facilities
  • Plumbing improvement/ bath, sinks, drinking fountains in room

Feedback Collected from Facilities Forums

Overall SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats Exercise) Summary - February 2017

 QUALIFICATION TO DISPLAY ON OVERALL SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats Exercise)

October 2016 through January 2017, 120 one-on-one internal and external stakeholder interviews were conducted to inform a SWOT analysis. The interview answers have been compiled to formulate this “Overall SWOT Summary”. To appear on this SWOT summary, similar answers must have been given across 40% or more of the designed cross section. The findings contained here are a general summation of answer groups.

 
STRENGTHS                   
  • Wide Range of Curriculum Choices/Advance Placement/Dual Enrollment
  • Elementary Reading Program/Reading & Math Interventions
  • SpecialEducation
  • Adventure Learning
  • Diverse Athletic and Extra Curricular Offerings
  • Band Program
  • Quality,Specialized Instructional Staff/Administration
  • High School Facility, Pool, and Football Stadium
  • Technology/1:1Program/Student Centric Power Learning
  • Fiscal Management
  • Student Relationships/Diversity/Tolerance/Social Opportunities for Students
  • Superintendent Involvement on State Level
  • Ability to Monitor/Assess Student Progress(NWEA,PowerSchool)
  • PLC*
  • Love andLogic*

* Not mentioned by external survey

 
WEAKNESSES
  • Communication Internally & Externally
  • Social-Emotional Needs of Students
  • Responding to Changing Demographics
  • Programming for Non-College Bound Students
  • Internal Culture
  • Initiative Overload/Layering Tasks/Change of Direction/Goals
  • Age and Functional Obsolescence/Elementary Buildings
  • Challenge of Meeting the Needs of All Students
  • Aftermath of Inconsistent Leadership/Changes
  • Community & School Spirit
  • Morale andStress
  • Articulation and Unification of Vision and Goals
  • Collaborative Internal Process
  • Test Scores
  • Disconnect on some issues between Administrators and Instructional Staff

 

OPPORTUNITIES
  • Engagement with Community/Community Partnerships
  • IncreasedParental and Family Involvement
  • Grants/Growth of Endowment Funds with MCCF
  • Cultivate Ambassadors
  • Collaboration/Offerings Provided for District Schools
  • Creating/Providing a Day Care Program
  • Extend Use of Facilities
  • Bond Proposal for Facilities
  • Board Development
  • Strategy for Communications/Public Relations
  • DevelopingTechnical and Trade Programs

 

THREATS
  • State and Federal Funding/Sources of Revenue
  • Legislative Changes Ongoing with Curriculum/Standards
  • Competition for Students/Declining Enrollment
  • Demographics/Deteriorating Socio-Economic Level
  • Continuing Recruitment of Quality Teachers
  • Legislative Changes Ongoing with Curriculum/Standards
  • Litigation
MAPS Staff Meeting - November 2018

MAPS Staff Meeting 11/20 – 41 participants

 

 

 

 

 

Internal Highest Priority Items Identified

Q1

Q2

Q3

Total by building

Total

1. Collaborative/flexible/more space/small group accomodations

 

 

 

 

63

General

11

19

1

31

 

MMHS

11

5

0

16

 

Kennedy

8

5

0

13

 

Jefferson

2

1

0

3

 

2. Improved parking/pick-up & drop-off

 

 

 

 

37

General

15

0

0

15

 

MMHS

7

2

0

9

 

Kennedy

7

1

0

8

 

Jefferson

3

2

0

5

 

3. Auxiliary/dedicated gyms

 

 

 

 

32

General

11

3

6

20

 

MMHS

6

3

0

9

 

Kennedy

0

1

0

1

 

Jefferson

1

1

0

2

 

4. Safe entrances to buildings

 

 

 

 

30

General

9

1

5

15

 

MMHS

7

1

0

8

 

Kennedy

3

0

0

3

 

Jefferson

2

2

0

4

 

5. Electrical/tech improvements/smartboards

 

 

 

 

22

General

9

4

0

13

 

MMHS

2

0

0

2

 

Kennedy

4

1

0

5

 

Jefferson

1

1

0

2

 

6. Votech/maker’s space

 

 

 

 

21

General

4

1

2

7

 

MMHS

2

12

0

14

 

Kennedy

0

0

0

0

 

Jefferson

0

0

0

0

 

7.. Improved furnishings/flexible seating

 

 

 

 

21

General

10

0

1

11

 

MMHS

3

2

0

5

 

Kennedy

3

0

0

3

 

Jefferson

1

1

0

2

 

8. HVAC improvement

 

 

 

 

17

General

7

2

1

10

 

MMHS

5

0

0

5

 

Kennedy

0

1

0

1

 

Jefferson

1

0

0

1

 

9. Natural light/windows/lighting improvement

 

 

 

 

17

General

6

2

0

8

 

MMHS

2

0

0

2

 

Kennedy

5

0

0

5

 

Jefferson

1

1

0

2

 

10. Day care facilities

 

 

 

 

13

General

4

4

4

12

 

MMHS

0

1

0

1

 

Kennedy

0

0

0

0

 

Jefferson

0

0

0

0

 

11. Plumbing improvement/ bath, sinks, drinking fountains in room

 

 

 

 

13

General

8

0

0

8

 

MMHS

1

0

0

1

 

Kennedy

2

0

0

2

 

Jefferson

2

0

0

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAPS Staff Professional Development - December 2018

Staff Professional Development Presentation 12/18

 

Cards Collected

82

 

 

Presentation/Information Quality

 

History helpful and presented well

44

Show renderings of plans for district, help visualizing district options

2

Excellent process for educating internal stakeholders

2

Teachers feel they are a part of the process

1

Much better process than what happened in past

1

Was very familiar with history

1

Information was general, not about our district

1

 

 

Content Concerns

 

Reality of affordability

2

Staff feels admin already has a plan and their input won’t matter

1

 

 

Requests for Additional Information/Next Steps

 

Long term budgeting/maintenance plans needed

7

More focus on elementary

5

Operating cost information needed

4

Keep collecting input

2

Collect input from students

2

Wants to share more input

2

Ready to see what happens next

2

Washington School sale?

1

Wants to see a future timeline for next 10 years

1

Teacher opportunity to give input on workflow in new spaces

1

Wants more information about building reno vs. new building

1

More info on past failed bonds

1

 

 

Community Engagement

 

Need to educate/involve community/make history easy to understand

14

Concern for public support

1

Misconception about building removal

1

Engage community to use facilities, advertise at events

1

 

 

Focus Area Feedback

 

Focus areas identified are good

30

Gym needs to be a high priority

5

K-5 bathrooms in classrooms/use as shelters

3

Kitchen, cafeteria flow

2

Doors locked consistently/increased security at all entrances

2

Safe learning environment needed for elementary

2

Age appropriate playgrounds

2

Separate space for Middle & High School

1

Stairs at Kennedy need to be removed

1

Replace lockers

1

Improved use of space

1

Gathering place for kids before school

1

Individualized education

1

Large egress windows in classrooms

1

Media tech centers needed for growing demands

1

Loves library collaboration idea

1

Bullet proof glass

1

Green spaces with seating

1

Safety procedures needed

1

New buildings needed

1

Day care required to bring in new families

1

Air quality and circulation

1

Daycare is a strange idea

1

Washers and dryers

1

Central air

1

Showers

1

Separate space for science rooms

1

Sound system

1

Puppy room for teachers

1

Combine K-5

1

Exit door to outside from every classroom

1

ID and backgrounds for every person coming into buildings, way to identify visitors

1

 

 

General Feedback

 

Improvements need to be made for students to show respect/pride

2

Volunteering to speak

2

Site visit of renovated school needed

1

LRCR needs to contribute more in the community

1

Better quality of life needed in Manistee

1

Bond is needed

1

Site visit of renovated school needed

1

 

 

MAPS Supporters Forum - December 2018

SSAC/ATP/Boosters Presentation Feedback 12/19

# responses

 

 

Question #1  – Building improvements to support safety

 

Improve front entry procedures

5

More than just buzzers at the doors, cameras, alarms, security systems

4

Visitor enter into secured area

2

Safety glass on all exterior windows

1

Security throughout building, classrooms, open spaces

1

Random strangers less of a concern than those who know the school routines

1

Too much burden on secretaries to oversee all building traffic and navigate concerns

1

Better lockdown procedures for secondary entrances

1

 

 

Question #2 – Facility improvements to support diverse educational goals

 

More vocational ed opportunities, hands on learning

5

Teach life skills

2

Collaborative/flexible learning spaces

2

Team/group learning to teach how to work in business environment

1

Promote positive culture for students and faculty

1

Upgrade classrooms with current technology

1

Alternative classroom settings for students who cannot function in P.S. groups

1

“Safety net” for near drop-outs/frequent suspensions

1

College not the only working goal

1

Is there a plan for a K-12 campus?

1

Build relationships with community, businesses, WSCC

1

Larger classrooms to accommodate larger class sizes – one teacher with several aides to work in small groups

1

 

 

Question #3 – How to strengthen community support

 

More information provided to parents and public, ie: history piece

3

Share information about budgeting for building improvements vs. new build

1

Reps are welcome to present at monthly ISD meeting

1

Have many more conversations like tonight’s presentation (businesses, Chamber, tribe, human services groups)

1

Mental health “clinic” in school building

1

Leverage resources within community vs. spending money to duplicate efforts

1

Utilize existing spaces for fine arts events, meetings, pool, community events

1

Build partnerships with the parochial schools and home schoolers

1

Community center parenting classes

1

Adult Ed classes

1

Early childhood family education

1

Drug/alcohol education programs

1

Nutrition/cooking classes – real kitchens

1

Offer regular dinners combined with family educational opportunities

1

Food pantry, clothing share programs in schools

1

Rent facilities for adult sports

1

 

 

Board of Education Presentation - January 2019

Board of Education Presentation Feedback 1/19

# responses

 

 

Question #1 – How do you feel that the staff priorities identified align with the objectives of the MAPS Board of Education?

 

Priorities align

3

Staff should not have to focus on facilities needs because of past failed bonds

1

New Fresh learning spaces are pinnacle to district survival and ability to compete

1

Safety

1

Space

1

Fixtures

1

 

 

Question #2 – What facility improvements do you feel would best support our District’s goals for students at every stage of their educational journey?

 

Open, multi-purpose areas

2

HVAC and security improvements at elementary

1

Elementary improvement as focus

1

Makers space for all levels of learning

1

Better lighting, windows

1

Major remodel of Jefferson or new facility

1

Make adjustments to MMHS to maximized learning environment

1

Board always strive to listen to staff needs

1

Question #3 – How can our facilities better serve the needs of the greater Manistee community, and how can we use this opportunity to strengthen community support?

 

Increase access to after-hours activity & meeting space, track access

3

Increase participation w/WSCC & Baker with space in Manistee

1

Inviting fitness facility separate from learning would keep district focus on pride

1

Safe entrances

1

Outreach efforts to bring the community into the schools

1

 

 

Community Forum Presentation - April 4, 2019
Forum Presentation Feedback  4-4-19# responses
 21
Question #1  – What improvements do you feel are most important for meeting the diverse educational needs of our students? 
Flexible learning spaces to allow movement/space for small group instruction6
Voctech opportunities3
Adequate facilities with improved technology2
Environmentally sound HVAC2
Get rid of 1927 building2
Support/$ Teachers with supplies needed1
Life skills and social studies/humanities for well-rounded students1
Better teacher to pupil interactions1
Age appropriate improvements to facilities/smaller class sizes1
Safe buildings1
Common expectations1
AP Classes1
Classroom storage/shelving1
Natural light1
Bring back HOST program1
New functioning building1
Do it right the first time even if it has to be phased1
Teacher education for individualized learning1
K-6 one school1
Community does not want to invest in voodoo projects/old high school should have been removed with last bond1
Faciilities that support new learning1
Dedicated counselors1
Safe learning environment1
Fiscal responsibility1
 1
Question #2 – With student safety being a top priority, what are your thoughts about potential buildings improvements to promote safety? 
Improved drop-off & pick-up procedures/bussing & parking procedures7
Barriers to entry/limited access entry7
Behavior prevention/psychological support2
New building with safety improvements2
Door supervision with the buzzer system1
Fast response procedures1
Continue SSAC1
Continue community communication1
Doors that shut properly1
Light at Maple & 12th — 2 hours daily, M/F (with City & MCC)1
Cut 2 exit doors from Varsity locker rooms to secure H.S. from Pool1
Addition HS locker rooms1
Upgrades to facilities to meet current codes1
Upgrade security ASAP1
Educate students/standard expectaions1
Monitored surveillance on all entrances1
Improved safety practices1
 1
Question #3 – In what ways can the MAPS district support the needs of our community? 
Collaborative use of facilities/ Community use of pool, gyms, classrooms, media area, after-school learning 4
Continuing ed/Adult ed2
Skilled trades education2
Take care of our current facilities, pool, track, by putting $ aside each year so the full $$ can be spread out 1
Private fundraising1
Community meeting spaces1
Improved varied learning environments1
Contact with local businessess/apprenticeships/internships1
After-school mentoring1
Better psychological support1
Communicate plans with commiunity1
Cooperation with Community College1
Place-based learning1
Infant/pre-school/day care1
Bring generations together for events and activities1
Space for homless families to receive support and resources1
Use $ to preserve, maintain, and decay in current buildings1
Food, clothing, support services1
Community outreach1
Community collaborations/shared resources1
 1
Community Forum Staff Presentation - April 25, 2019
Communiity Forum Staff Presentation Feedback 4/25/19# responses
 26
Question #1  – Which option (A,B,C) do you feel best supports the direction of our MAPS 20/20 Vision?  
Option C 18
Option B6
Option A 
Question #2 – Our list of desired improvements has been established through feedback. Which improvements do you feel are most important for creating supportive learning environments for our students?                                                                                    
Safety in buildings//safe entrances17
21st century learning10
Improved parking/pick-up & drop-off 10
Auxillary gym space 7
HVAC5
Day care/early childhood / before school care4
Natural Lighting4
Loss of athletic field at Kennedy is a concern3
Improved furnishings2
Electrical improvements2
Plumbing 2
Voctech2
2 playgrounds1
Improved PA systems in all buildings1
Question #3 – What can be done to build community support for our vision? 
Educate voters to build trust4
Educate reguarding community relevance/benefits  (property,  maintenance, improvents)3
Teacher support1
Share/talk1
Social Media/Talk to Real Manistee1
Adjust proposal to appeal to older crowd1
Community mindset is great1
Present united front1
Networking1
Honesty & Transparency1
  
Community Forum Presentation - April 25, 2019

Communiity Forum Presentation Feedback 4/25/19

# responses

 15

Question #1  – Which option (A,B,C) do you feel best supports the direction of our MAPS 20/20 Vision? 

 

Option C – Most affordable

8

Option B

3

Option A

0

Laura’s question about the life of B vs C is a good question.

1

Have you considered closing Madison?  

1

I think there is a mixture of the three that may be the best solution.  Look at the $8.3mm at MMHS, keep MMHS full, and lower (?)  the footprint in all other places.

Some combination of B & C.  How do Madison & Jefferson compare?  Would Madison be a better rec site? Let community focus on rec & develop vision for rec

D — None of the above.  Must cost less until bond payment has been paid off in 2029.

1

Make Jefferson green space

1

Question #2 – Our list of desired improvements has been established through feedback. Which improvements do you feel are most important for creating supportive learning environments for our students?                                                                                   

Safety in buildings//safe entrances

6

21st century learning

5

Improved parking drop off (@ MMHS. Have students park in student parking)

5

Improved furnishings

2

Auxillary gym space & sport facilities; practice fields

2

Day care/early childhood 

1

The list hits them all!

1

Bus garage

1

Plumbing facilities

1

Clean classrooms/bathrooms

1

Voctech

1

Greenspace

1

Less tech, more traditional teaching

1

Electric tech improvement

1

Question #3 – What can be done to build community support for our vision?

 

Continuing to reach out to the community with open discussions like this.  

2

Welcoming feedback and keeping them informed on the process.

1

Community collaboration and building trust

1

Community support for vision?  Get all potential “yes” votes (all parents!)

1

Parent involvement

1

New elementary school and make Jefferson green space.

1

Include Community Forum presentation at beginning of year school events (welcoming new parents, handbook review, etc.)

CentraWellness on campus. 

1

Add dedicated WSCC voctech space on campus. 

1

Get the word out!!  Attending events such as Business After Hours, RisingTide meetings, etc. 

1

Have dedicated money to use for marketing the bond

1

Teacher/staff need to be on the same page together and be positive in asking for options.

1

Take down 1927 HS first (soon)

1

Present realistic plans, more transparency, show more details not marketing fluff.

1
  

Need More Information?

Location: 550 Maple St, Manistee, MI 49660 | Map
Telephone:
231-723-3521
Central Office Hours:
M-F: 8:30am – 4:30pm

Superintendent: Ron Stoneman
Email: rstoneman@manistee.org