FRANCISCO SCHOOL PLAN TASK FORCE ALERT
Our Communities needs help drafting a plan for the repurposing of Francisco School by February 28th. Since the school was closed in 2015, community members’ have offered ideas. Now it’s time to determine what combination of ideas will work; how costs can be covered; and how, working together, area residents can build a great asset for the region. We’re seeking volunteers to be part of the draft-plan task force. We also hope to learn about groups that might be interested in using/renting space at the school for their events or projects.
If we’re all successful in coming up with a “feasible and sustainable” plan, the facility will serve the communities of NW Stokes and people from all over the county, neighboring counties and southern Virginia. Residents from all of these areas are welcome to play key roles.
Task Force: We need people who can explore uses, and we need people who can help with the nuts and bolts
This is a two-month project and we hope the short timeline will make it possible for people to participate who otherwise could not. We’ll work with your schedules.
Use Champions: Open to anyone
If you have a particular passion or vision, this is for you. Volunteers are needed to help to determine the viability of different uses and to make a case for how these might be combined to contribute to paying the bills as well as serving the community. Here are some of the most popular general suggestions put forward in community forums: music and art classes, food pantry, day care, Head Start and early childhood education, eldercare, sports, fitness, community kitchen, store, media center/library, tutoring, concerts and theater performances, recording studio, after-school programs, distribution center for local farm products, business center, craft-based enterprise, small business development, social and health services. Some research will be required and you might need to visit some sites that offer potential models for use.
Skills in building-related and finance-related fields
We need people with experience in property management: housekeeping/cleaning, maintenance/repair, bookkeeping, scheduling, security and monitoring of property conditions. We also need people who have experience in financial matters, construction, building codes, operating costs, developing/analyzing numbers, etc. If you or someone you know qualifies for ANY of these, please get in touch.
User or Rental Groups
Please let us know now:
1) if you or your group or organization might want to use the school
2) if you know of providers or helpful sources in any of the use categories listed above or others.
3) if you would like to help develop use guidelines and a fee policy. To ensure sustainability, we will need to come up with fair, equitable, and affordable ways to generate revenues to offset operating costs and repairs going forward.
Our contact person is Nora Tallmon.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 336-351-8230.
Once the draft is completed it will be reviewed with all interested parties. Work on the plan will then continue with different models being tested. A final proposal will be presented to the Stokes County Commissioners by June 28, 2017.
Community involvement will be crucial in making Francisco School successful once again. Let’s all work together, all communities, to make this happen. A revitalized school can help drive a whole revitalization effort for the area. We look forward to friends and family, young and old, returning to rural Stokes to have fun and make it home again.
Our Communities of Northwest Stokes is a community-driven planning and development initiative.