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Contact:  Superintendentís Office

310-450-8338, ext. 241


January 12, 2006


On Jan. 28, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) hosts the Convening, a public meeting featuring national and regional experts in school planning who will share their experiences.
The Convening is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Delfina Hotel, 530 West Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. Lunch and childcare will be provided, along with free parking in the north lot of Santa Monica High School at 7th and Olympic, near the technology building.  Call 310-450-8338, Ext 100 to reserve childcare.
The Convening's goal is to "grow a learning community" as the district launches public meetings to gather community input for its 20-year strategy to improve district educational facilities. As a result of the Convening, the district will form a citizens' group of at least 100 Malibu and Santa Monica citizens to participate in detailed planning of schools.
Each of the experts will present a brief case study on community school planning and will be available for small group discussions.
The Convening speakers include: Jacqueline Buhn, a founder of Athenian Properties, a Philadelphia-based real estate services company active in community planning; Doreen Nelson, a pioneer in the field of design thinking in education; and Deborah McKoy, director and founder of the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools as well Steven Bingler and Bobbie Hill, the principals of Concordia LLC.
The Jan. 28 Convening is the first community meeting in the district's Facilities Master Planning Process. The SMMUSD selected Harley Ellis Devereaux of Los Angeles (HED), Concordia LLC of New Orleans and Sidewalk Studio of Los Angeles to prepare its Facilities Master Plan under the direction of Assistant Superintendent Winston Braham.  Dr. John Deasy, the district superintendent, describes the Facilities Master Plan as "an important new plan for the improvement, maintenance and long-range development of our school facilities."
The HED team, under the leadership of Tania van Herle and John Dale, will serve as Executive Architects and Engineers and conduct the facilities assessment, examining and evaluating the physical properties.  HED has one of the largest K-12 school design architectural practices in Southern California.
At the same time, Concordia will manage community outreach and act as Consulting Architects and Community Planners. The internationally known firm is led by Steven Bingler, a noted expert in educational facility planning and Bobbie Hill, who focuses on community outreach for school planning.
Sidewalk Studio, a local communication and marketing firm, is led by Gary Drucker and Rebecca Newman. Sidewalk will create the project's introductory video, develop a project website and publish regular newsletters throughout the duration of the Facilities Master Plan project.
For further information, see the project website, www.ourschoolplan.com <http://www.ourschoolplan.com/