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Denny Hill, Advising Consultant
School Planning Advisory Services
This guide does an exceptional job defining and explaining each step of the process in great detail. The examples provide reference points that planners can use as nuggets of wisdom, that is, things to do and things to avoid. I wish I would have had this guide as I assumed responsibility for this important facet of the district! – Stephanie Watson, Assistant Superintendent in Weld Re-4, Windsor, Colorado
Read Denny's article in SEEN Magazine, "Thoughts About Rebuilding America's Schools," in which he discusses innovative approaches to building schools that meet a district's needs now but offer flexibility for the future, along with what data you need for the planning process.
Planning and Analyses
After more than 30 years of working with school districts, municipalities and other public entities, we have created a process that is both flexible and focused in its approach. Our plan assists in the creation, design, or redevelopment of facilities to suit the needs of your students as your community changes — efficiently and cost-effectively. We use the latest technological tools and systems to tailor a plan that clearly defines the individual goals for your district in a comprehensive master plan.
Workshops for School Districts
"The Essential Guide to School Facility Planning" is a comprehensive resource that takes districts through the 7-step Capital Facility Planning Process to help build a strategic, efficient, and cost-effective plan for success. Denny Hill, author of the guide, holds seminars to take district planners and staff through the process to help them develop their own strategic plan. Workshops may be scheduled for your district by contacting us.
We used The Essential Guide to School Facility Planning as the exclusive required textbook for our university's first-of-its-kind school facility leadership course. It was very well received and the students reported that they have truly learned a lot about school facilities. They felt the book was very readable, appreciated the humor embedded throughout, and even said that they felt they will use it in their careers. - Dr. Jerry Rasmussen, Superintendent, Dakota Valley School District, and Adjunct Professor at the University of South Dakota
Expert Advisory Services
Superintendents, CFOs and other school district personnel rely on Denny Hill, Schoolonomist™ and Advising Consultant, to provide expert advice on big-picture issues involving facilities and site planning. By providing a tailored approach, and on-call, as-needed expert advice, your school district is well-positioned to maintain your vision towards the big picture with a keen eye on the details. Or keep a "trusted advisor in your pocket" - ask about consulting packages of 2 to 10 hours monthly.
Accurately planning for future growth in a school district is one of the most important projects a superintendent and school board undertakes. Our communities expect and deserve the highest quality education and planning to maximize their financial investment. Denny’s guide is an invaluable resource for new and experienced district leaders. He provides an easy and enjoyable read while laying the foundation for how school districts can develop comprehensive plans that will meet the ever-changing needs of our students. His focus on relationships and partnerships is a key ingredient to the success of any large-scale project, especially ones that directly affect our students’ education. - Keith Jacobus, Ph.D., Superintendent, South Washington County Schools, Cottage Grove, Minnesota
For more than 30 years, Denny Hill’s work has focused on laying a great foundation for education – literally. Through the company he founded in 1996, Strategic Resources West, Inc., Denny has developed an approach that is both flexible and focused, to assist with the creation, design, or redevelopment of K-12 educational facilities. His comprehensive process enables school districts to successfully identify and address not only their most pressing needs, but to forecast and prepare for what lies ahead. Now, as Advising Consultant for School Planning Advisory Services, an affiliate of Strategic Resources West, Denny helps superintendents, CFOs and other school district personnel in a consulting capacity. Contact Denny Hill today to learn more.