Cherry Creek Schools recognizes and supports the individual needs at each building. Using the district’s vision of innovation as its guide, each elementary and middle school formed a Site Advisory Team (SAT) that served as the oversight committee for each of the renovated spaces. Members of the SAT included school stakeholders such as administrators, teachers, parents and students. Other members of the SAT included district partners such as project managers, architectural firms and furniture vendors.
SAT members had opportunities to view and tour recently renovated buildings to help envision what innovation could potentially look like in their respective buildings. Then, each building’s SAT met over a series of six to eight meetings to discuss areas of needs, innovative solutions for those needs and next steps forward.
Bond money earmarked solely for innovation can only be used for construction, furniture, fixtures and equipment. Although similar furniture might be seen in innovation spaces across the district, it’s in how the furniture and space is used that illustrates a 21st-century approach in each building.