From Planning to Implementation


Creating a customized plan for a school district’s future

How has ICS helped Minnesota schools pass over $500 million in referendums this past year? Effective strategic planning. Whether a school district enrolls 200 or 2,000 students, the need for effective strategic planning is critical.

Strategic and systematic thinking are the hallmarks of districts positioned for future growth. But where do you begin? How does a district move from planning to implementation and what are the steps to achieve a successful facility-related project?

Understanding the needs of a district is paramount to the planning process where facility improvements, programmatic initiatives and 21st Century learning environments continue to drive education forward. Before defining needs, focus on organization and engagement – an effective plan includes elements that reflect the values of a collaborative and diverse group of people who take ownership in helping shape it.

Once needs are established, effective decisions can be made to best position the district for the future. Navigating the funding for projects, effective community facilitation, dynamic referendum planning and strategy, selecting an appropriate project delivery model and establishing a plan for on-going facility operations and future planning are all steps within this process.

A trusted and knowledgeable advisor will be able to assist in guiding a district through this process. ICS Consulting, Inc., with expertise in the complexities of planning and construction, seeks to be a trusted advisor in developing a customized plan and approach for each district.

Our team provides the knowledge, skills and tools to help districts craft a vision, plan the approach, fund the work, manage the construction and maintain overall operations. Whether your district is beginning to think about addressing needs or ready to implement a large-scale project, the ICS team is ready to serve as your advocate, representative and partner.


  • Owner’s representation
  • Facility assessments
  • Long-range planning
  • Project development and funding
  • Community engagement and task force facilitation
  • Referendum planning
  • Program and construction management
  • Commissioning and re-commissioning
  • Utility and energy monitoring
  • Facility tax solutions.

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