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SMART Needs Assessment Facility (School) Reports Now Available Online

Tuesday, September 02, 2014
Broward County Public Schools SMART Capital Program Needs Assessment Facility (School) Reports are now available online. These individual school-level reports are the result of a comprehensive district-wide Needs Assessment, which provided an objective, data-driven overview of the District, as well as a strategic planning tool for prioritizing facility needs. 
The development of the Needs Assessment Facility Reports included robust discussion and input by School Board members and the community during several School Board workshops.  While the overall Needs Assessment identified more than $3 billion in capital facility needs Districtwide, SMART projects are prioritized based on industry best practices to address the most urgent needs and to ensure limited District resources are efficiently and effectively utilized.
On November 4, 2014, voters will cast their ballots regarding an $800 million General Obligation Bond Referendum.  Proceeds from the General Obligation Bond would allow the District to invest in the critical needs facing schools across the District.  The District’s SMART initiative focuses on Safety, Music & Art, Athletics, Renovations and Technology (SMART).
“Every child deserves a high-quality education. What we are trying to do is level the playing field by establishing objective standards that are applied equitably across the county,” said Superintendent Robert W. Runcie.  “This is about doing what’s right for all of our students.  We are looking at the District as a whole to ensure students have the best learning environments possible.”
To view the Needs Assessment Facility Reports, click here, or copy and paste the following link into your Web browser:
To learn more about the SMART initiative and watch informational videos, click here, or copy and paste the following link into your Web browser:

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