Thursday, October 20, 2016

On October 13, 2013, a Facilities Strategic Planning Team, comprised of forty-seven patrons representing parents, alumni, educators, school board, city and state officials, retirees, and business owners met for the first time to discuss creating a 20-year facility’s plan that our community would support. Dr. Ed Eiler, former superintendent of the Lafayette School Corporation, facilitated the meetings. The Facilities Strategic Planning Team agreed to three global parameters:
  1. Maintain West Lafayette Community Schools to continue supporting a world-class education for our students; 
  2. Maintain, renovate or replace current buildings as appropriately supported by verification of need, and; 
  3. Keep the school corporation tax rate at or below the current level. 
Using these parameters, and after an exhaustive study of all aspects related to WLCSC’s facilities as provided by KJG and Schmidt & Associates Architectural firms, the Team developed concepts for a PreK-12 facilities plan that are represented in this document.

During the 2015/2016 school year, the administration and architects held five community forums. These forums were designed to provide community members with the information developed by the Facilities Strategic Planning Team and to get input from community members. The information presented at the community forums, including a video of the May 17, 2016 community forum held at the Burtsfield gym was placed on the school corporation’s website to allow those who could not attend the community forums to review the proposed facilities plan concepts. You can find this information at

Beyond the community forums, meetings were held with civic and parent organizations to gain input and feedback. Moreover, a special meeting was held with the Burtsfield-area residents to gain additional information and feedback.

After three years of work, development, discussion, and input, the administration and staff are very proud to present to the Board of School Trustees the RDP Project. These concepts provide our students and staff, present and future, with the best educational environment we can provide while adhering to the global parameters set forth by the Facilities Strategic Planning Team.

I wish to thank everyone who was involved in the process. Our school corporation continues to be successful because of the great support and commitment of our staff, parents and community to do what is best for our students, present and future. Thank you for investing in our schools.

Dr. Rocky Killion
Superintendent of Schools
The West Lafayette Community School Corporation