Long Range Planning
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Long Range Planning Department
The Long Range Planning department provides critical support for the operation of the Beaverton School District through the following responsibilities:
Long Range Facility Plan
The purpose of the Long Range Facility Plan is to provide Beaverton School Board with goals and operating principles for guiding capital investment decisions and is a critical document for future capital bond planning. The most recent Long Range Facility Plan was adopted in 2010 and was used as a guiding document for the District's 2014 Capital Bond program.
The Long Range Facility Plan was developed with the assistance of a public advisory committee and was prepared consistent with the provisions of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 195.110. The content of the Long Range Facility Plan includes subjects such as:
- Trends and forecasts for student enrollment, demographics, future residential development, and land supply.
- School and Districtwide capacity topics.
- Function, condition, and performance of all District facilities.
- Identification of capacity and facility needs and identify strategies for accommodating needs.
The District maintains a master facility use schedule for uses of District buildings and properties. An average of 4,500 activities and events take place a month at the 59 facilities and sites that are available for rent by outside users or by District users. The Facility Use team work to manage where uses are located, minimize conflicts in uses, ensure proper insurance is in place, assign staff to maintain the facilities, and invoice outside users for rent and staffing costs.
Service Provider Letters
Oregon Revised Statues (ORS) requires local land use permitting and public school districts to communicate on proposed residential land use development because residential development may increase the number of students enrolled in local public school attendance areas. The common method for this communication is by the permitting agency requiring a land use applicant to obtain a Service Provider Letter from the Beaverton School District. The land use permitting agencies within the Beaverton School District boundary are the cities of Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tigard, and Washington County.
The land use development review process and requirements are different in each jurisdiction. All persons wishing to conduct residential development must check with the appropriate jurisdiction for the appropriate land use process and application submittal requirements. If your local permitting agency requires a Service Provider Letter from the Beaverton School District, our staff will review your proposal and issue a letter identifying which school attendance boundaries in which the proposed development is located, provide a summary of potential school capacity impacts, and identify any needed mitigation measures to those potential impacts.
The demographic staff provide a critical service to the District by monitoring enrollment trends and projecting student enrollments at all of the District’s schools. Through these efforts the District is able to plan operating budgets, understand building capacity issues, and the makeup of our school communities.
Attendance Boundary Adjustments
School capacity concerns and opening of new schools require the District to adjust school attendance boundaries from time to time. The Long Range Planning department leads these efforts consistent with Board Policy JC.
Long Range Planning staff regularly coordinate with regional and local government entities on matters that may impact the District and its operations. These entities include, but is not limited to, Metro, Washington County, Clean Water Services, Tualatin Hills Park and Recreation District, and the City of Beaverton.
Staff also coordinate with area school districts on facility and planning issues. Staff is also a participating member of the Metro Technical Advisory Committee (MTAC) representing school districts in the Portland metropolitan area.
Steven A. Sparks, AICP
Executive Administrator for Long Range Planning
Mr. Sparks has been in the field of land use planning and policy development since 1988. Before joining the Beaverton School District in May, 2016, Mr. Sparks served as the Principal Planner for the City of Beaverton. He led and managed the City’s the Planning Division, which guided the land use and community planning program, oversaw current development review, and staffed the Beaverton Planning Commission. Mr. Sparks worked closely with the District throughout his tenure at the City, including serving on the advisory committee for the Beaverton School District’s 2010 and 2002 Long Range Facilities Plan.
Mr. Sparks’ responsibilities in the Facilities Department at the Beaverton School District include developing the District’s long range planning efforts and plans, facilitating intergovernmental coordination with local and regional agencies and overseeing demographic analyses and enrollment projections. Other duties include managing the District’s attendance boundary adjustment projects, managing use of District facilities by outside vendors and the community, and working in close coordination with the District's Capital Bond program.
Educational background and affiliations:
- California State University, Fresno - BA (Geography), December 1987
- California State University, San Francisco - Master’s of Public Administration, June 1994
- American Planning Association
- American Institute of Certified Planners - Member, July 1998- present