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Warrior Faces Brings Community Together For Fresh Look at Sergeant-Bluff Luton School Facilities

Four Community Members To Chair The Process

Are Sergeant-Bluff Luton school buildings providing the right spaces to prepare students for their futures? Four community chairs are taking the lead in finding the answer to this question by gathering feedback from the community through the Warrior Faces Community Engagement program.

Wayne Johnson, Barney Pottebaum, Juli Smith and Storm Throne have all volunteered to chair Warrior Faces, which will bring local residents together to learn more about the school district’s facilities and how they impact the current and future needs of students, and to gather feedback through a series of community engagement sessions. The first of four Warrior Faces Community Engagement Session will be on Wednesday, May 23 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. in the Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School Commons. Everyone in the community is encouraged to attend and participate in the process.

“We’re starting with a clean slate and gathering a fresh perspective on our school’s facilities. We want to learn from experts about the current state of the buildings and how our facilities stack up when compared to national standards and other area school districts. Then, we want to hear from everyone in the community what they think,” says Johnson.

At the first Warrior Faces Community Engagement session participants will learn more about the District’s facilities from Architect Matt Erion from CMBA Architects. Then, they will work together to come to consensus on a series of questions about the future of the District.

“Even though we are in our schools almost every day, many of us don’t really know the inner workings of our buildings and how they impact the success of all of students. The Warrior Faces process will give us the chance to learn more about this and provide the Board of Education with the community’s vision for the future of our schools,” says Smith.

In the fall, after all four Warrior Faces Community Engagement sessions, the community chairs will present their findings and a proposed long-range facilities plan to the Board of Education.

“Sergeant Bluff is a growing community with great potential, which is why everyone should be involved in this process. By being a part of the Warrior Faces community engagement sessions, asking questions, and providing feedback, community members will have more of an understanding of what our students need to be prepared for the future and we can learn how they think we can take our school facilities to the next level,” explains Throne.

Community Co-Chair Barney Pottebaum agrees and said, “We have such great teachers and schools, imagine what could happen if we had great facilities equipped to prepare all students for the workforce, great learning opportunities and great support from the community. We are excited to hear from everyone in the community in the coming months.”