WHY A MASTER PLAN
FPD’s Board of Trustees and administration have often faced the challenge of deciding where to place new buildings or field spaces to best serve our students. In early 2013, the Board decided it was time to consider our future campus needs and put that vision on paper in the form of a Campus Master Plan.
When reviewing future campus needs, enrollment considerations were a starting point. Currently, FPD’s high school building and several extracurricular facilities are at or nearing capacity with an upper school enrollment close to four hundred. The Board and administration explored the ideal number of FPD’s high school and recognized that a high school student body closer to six hundred would allow FPD to enhance course options for an honors track, a college prep track and an Advanced Placement track. This would optimize academic opportunities for FPD students. Six hundred students in high school became the benchmark for further discussions regarding the Master Plan.
Led by a team of experienced master plan developers and architects, the Board spent 18 months crafting and revising a plan until a final concept was adopted in June 2015. The Master Plan presents a conceptual way to meet the needs of a growing student body while maintaining FPD’s sense of community and remaining good stewards of the resources God has provided. The Board is not assuming a specific enrollment number will be met at any particular time; the Master Plan is a way to be prepared should the Lord choose to bless FPD in this manner.
GOALS OF THE PLANNING PROCESS
- Consider ideas with a horizon of 15 or more years.
- Identify likely campus spaces for possible future projects.
- Plan for enrollment considerations that optimize student opportunities.
- Maintain FPD distinctives, specifically our Core Values, Sense of Community, and Relationships.
- Consider functionality as well as aesthetics to maintain a welcoming “front porch” that mirrors FPD’s exceptional education experience.
- Ensure sustainability with a plan that is also tuition-neutral.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Below are a selection of questions and answers regarding the First Presbyterian Day School long-range Master Plan. You may also submit a question using the form below.
When will the plan be put into action?
The Master Plan is a long-term outlook. During the planning process, the mindset for conversation was the next 15 or more years. It is a concept, not a planning document. We will move forward as enrollment and funding present the opportunity. At this time, no specific dates have been set.
What happens next?
The Board is working with architects and engineers to develop plans for the Chapel. Groundwork is being laid for a campaign; we are very thankful for several donors who have already made commitments. Since the founders of First Presbyterian Day School first envisioned a school in 1968, faith in the Lord has been at the heart of everything we do, every decision we make. The Chapel represents that commitment. Built at the heart of campus, it will serve as a place of reverence and biblical study for our students, families, and faculty. As currently envisioned, the campaign will also include new tennis courts, to replace those that have been damaged by weather, and corresponding parking spaces. The timing for other future development will depend on academic demands, program needs, and achievement of funding goals.
How will the development be funded?
A distinct goal of the Master Plan is to be tuition-neutral. Tuition-neutral means that tuition dollars will not cover facility development and construction. Instead, funds will come through designated Capital Campaign giving, facility rentals or other programs as reviewed by the Board. The Board has hired a firm to produce a feasibility study regarding future business relationships and partnerships in relation to the athletic field spaces planned for the south side of campus. This study was funded by a ‘friend of the school.’
Can the Master Plan change?
Needs may change over the next few years. The Master Plan is a template that can be amended by future Boards to meet those needs as concepts transition to construction documents.
How can I be involved?
If there is a component of the Master Plan in which you are particularly interested, please contact Jennifer Barfield, FPD Director of Advancement, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 478.477.6505, extension 190.
What if I have questions about the Master Plan?
If you have questions or would like more information, please visit our website at www.fpdmacon.org/masterplan. Questions can be submitted online and will be directed to the appropriate department.
Hear from the FPD Family Regarding the Master Plan