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1 <br /> ORANGE COUNTY <br /> BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS <br /> ACTION AGENDA ITEM ABSTRACT <br /> Meeting Date: December 4, 2023 <br /> Action Agenda <br /> Item No. 6-a <br /> SUBJECT: Orange County Public Schools Capital Needs Assessment Update <br /> DEPARTMENT: Asset Management Services <br /> ATTACHMENT(S): INFORMATION CONTACT: <br /> 1. Woolpert Presentation Travis Myren, Deputy County Manager, <br /> 2. Proposed Timeline 919-245-2308 <br /> Steven Arndt, Asset Management <br /> Services Director, 919-245-2658 <br /> PURPOSE: To receive a final presentation of the Public Schools Capital Needs Assessment as <br /> performed by Woolpert, Inc. <br /> BACKGROUND: At the Board of Commissioners' March 21, 2023 Business meeting, the Board <br /> approved a contract with Woolpert, Inc. totaling $984,561 to provide a: <br /> • Comprehensive Facility Condition Assessment (FCA) <br /> • Optimization Plan of Existing Space Utilization; and <br /> • Examination of Prioritization Models, Benchmarking Best Practices and Scenarios for both <br /> school districts that recognize the distinct structure of the County allocating funds to the <br /> two school districts. <br /> The products of this study will help the County and School professionals better plan, manage and <br /> fund new construction and maintenance of the thirty-one (31) school campuses and administrative <br /> offices for the two (2) school districts. <br /> At the September 26, 2023 Joint Meeting of the Board of County Commissioners, Chapel Hill <br /> Carrboro City Schools Board of Education, and the Orange County Schools Board of Education, <br /> representatives of Woolpert, Inc. provided an update on their efforts that included a summary of <br /> the comprehensive facility condition assessment, an optimization plan of existing space utilization <br /> and several funding scenarios options. The three governing bodies provided feedback, comments <br /> and direction to the firm upon the completion of the presentation. <br /> Woolpert, Inc. will be providing a final presentation, with recommendations, on the Public Schools <br /> Capital Needs Assessment, as the effort nears completion (Attachment 1). A timeline of follow up <br /> items necessary to implement the plan is provided at Attachment 2. <br />