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2016 WASDA Annual Education Conference

May 4-6 | Appleton, WI

EUA wil be present at this year's Wisconsin Association of School Distirct Administrators with two fantastic and informative presentations along with a tour of Menasha High School on Friday. Read below to learn more.


Menasha High School: Surviving the transformation of a historic high school and living to tell about it

The recent transformation of Menasha High School -- an iconic 1930s building that has served as a source of community pride for generations -- proves that major renovation projects can be highly successful despite their complexity. Building and maintaining trust with internal and external stakeholders was critical from the very beginning of this nearly five-year process, especially when a new Superintendent took over shortly after the referendum was approved.

Using a unique process involving a visionary task force of key staff, Eppstein Uhen Architects (EUA) and Miron Construction worked closely with the administration to preserve Menasha High School’s rich history while creating flexible, dynamic environments to support the school district’s vision for teaching and learning. Learn survival techniques directly from Superintendent Chris VanderHeyden, and successful strategies to transform existing buildings while strengthening your relationship with the community from EUA and Miron.

Presenter Information
Chris VanderHeyden, Superintendent of Schools Menasha Joint School District
Brian Adesso, Director of Business Services Menasha Joint School District
Bob Morris, Design Architect, Eppstein Uhen Architects
Craig Uhlenbrauck, Vice President Miron Construction

Note: Due to the proximity of the conference, we will also be hosting a special tour of Menasha High School on Friday afternoon at 1pm. 

Trust Building through Community-Based Advisory Committees

Understanding the potential of a community-based advisory committee to provide insight and valuable feedback to your district is key to building relationships and making informed decisions. Consider the impact of engaging the right people, at the right time, to build understanding of your initiatives, needs and future plans. Oconomowoc’s Building Our Future Facilities Advisory Committee is a 60-member group of district residents consisting of parents, seniors, business and municipal leaders, and staff. Join Oconomowoc Area School District (OASD) and Eppstein Uhen Architects for an interactive discussion about the power of trust-building, the value of collective wisdom and the ongoing journey of OASD’s Facilities Advisory Committee (FAC).

Key ideas participants will take away from presentation:

  1. How to build a flexible framework to identify a clear charge, expectations and schedule to meet your goals as well as tactics to invite, involve and engage a diverse group of community volunteers to serve on your advisory committee
  2. Strategies to effectively communicate the work of your committee throughout the process to the School Board, staff, and the broader community to build awareness, trust, and credibility
  3. Lessons learned along the way, including why this powerful yet intense outreach technique is worth your district’s time, effort, and energy

Presenter Information 
Kit Dailey, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc.
Roger Rindo, Oconomowoc Area School District