Art Taylor

Art Taylor

San Francisco, CA, US

Live go mapping and analysis
Live go mapping and analysis

Oakland Unified School District, Master Plan


Emerging from State Receivership in 2009, many of Oakland Unified School District’s (OUSD) 95 sites and 108 schools were significantly under capacity. Some properties were decaying, and the quality of education was inequitable. To improve enrollment, student performance, and graduation rates, OUSD needed support.


The MKThink team documented the physical assets of the District during a comprehensive Asset Portfolio Management Study, explored options for reconciling the district’s 30% excess capacity, and recommended a facility strategy to end the 2011 $19 million structural deficit.


By providing a full picture database, analytic reports, and scenario models – all accessed through a user-friendly interface – to OUSD leadership, MKThink empowered the district to understand its assets, weigh the trade-offs associated with alternate choices, and make informed decisions that will be the foundation for a 180-degree transformation. 

95 property sites, 108 schools significantly underutilized and under capacity ($19 structural deficit)
Facility and property condition assessment and evaluation
Asset Management study and database creation
Right-size scenario modeling
15-year facilities master plan including project scheduling and implementation timeline
7-year strategic plan to support instructional and programmatic initiatives
Bond campaign $669 million dollars
Strategic and Master Plan approved: May 2012
Bond Measure on Ballot: November 2012

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Status: School Project
Location: Oakland, CA, US
My Role: Senior Project Director