Milton’s most recent master plan was completed in 2000 and guided a series of improvements focused on academic spaces and boarding students. These included the Schwarz Student Center, new student housing (Norris House and Millet House) and the Pritzker Science Center.
Facilities issues directly related to overall education and faculty goals emerged from the Task Forces and warrant attention and action.
During the summer and fall of 2012, Milton undertook an initial analysis of potential facilities priorities that could be addressed during the implementation phase of the Strategic Plan (2014 to 2018).
We will achieve short-term facilities improvements through infrastructure projects, based on the 2012 analysis, that meet academic goals and improve faculty housing.
Develop a campus master plan to address academic needs in the context of a comprehensive assessment of the campus and a long-term plan for its development. Master planning will follow the curriculum review, Upper School and K–8. It will include a recommendation for responding to key academic needs including Ware Hall, the Middle School and related departments.
- Target improvements to the Art and Media Center (AMC) and Robert Saltonstall Gymnasium (RSG). Move ceramics and woodworking to AMC; rehab that program space for athletics.
- Complete project design and groundbreaking on a major academic facility project identified by master planning.
Milton will undertake a long-term project to improve the quality and function of faculty housing in support of the residential life program. A capital fund will be established to provide resources for faculty housing and particular renovation projects. Improving unit quality and usability, as well as migrating toward more flexible unit configurations, will affect decisions about which projects move forward. They will occur in dormitories and in out-of-dorm housing. Dormitory projects will be evaluated against longer-term needs of particular houses (tied to master planning). Master planning will consider options both for building new units and selling existing units.
A dynamic force and a catalyst in conversations about teaching and learning, technology cut across all planning discussions: instructional or academic technology; Milton’s technology infrastructure and systems; and emerging trends in students’ use of technology.
The Task Forces and Steering Committee recognized the time and expertise for the analysis and planning about how Milton uses technology over the next five years. Further, the process of renewing curriculum should inform the technology planning process in the Upper School and in K–8. (Several early renewal projects relate directly to technology questions, including math, library, K–8 science, and computer programming.)
- Complete an assessment and inventory of current capabilities and practices in instructional technology and in technology systems during academic year 2012–2013. Based on this inventory, establish planning priorities and inform curriculum review projects.
- Expand the knowledge base of faculty and staff regarding emerging trends, including use of hand-held devices, new communication and collaboration tools, and e-learning options.
- Develop a long-term technology master plan during academic year 2013–2014 that considers:
- appropriate and most effective roles for new instructional and learning modes supported by technology;
- a mechanism for integrating the technology plan with curriculum renewal and faculty professional development;
- best practices and industry trends that support Milton’s educational goals;
- capability and knowledge that needs to be developed within Milton (among faculty, staff, and students) to make effective use of new tools;
- appropriate and meaningful competencies Milton should expect and develop in our students;
- opportunities for technology to improve organizational efficiency.