The Kentucky Facilities Inventory and Classification System (KFICS) project was undertaken as mandated by 2010's Senate Bill 132 to assess the physical condition, educational suitability, and technology readiness of the schools relative to Kentucky's regulations and standards. Per the legislation, KDE contracted with a third-party vendor. Parsons Commercial Technology Group partnered with MGT of America to perform the required, independent, onsite evaluations in 146 districts for 485 instructional programs housed in 477 school buildings across the state. The schools evaluated had a previous designation as a Category 3 or Category 4 building as of September 2010.
Results of the KFICS project's initial phase were officially released on November 29, 2011. The reports show the list of schools with Kentucky School Scores and the individual School Reports with details of the assessment, such as general school information, deficiencies identified, educational suitability and technology readiness criteria evaluated.
The Kentucky School Score is a weighted score that combines the physical condition (75%), educational suitability (20%), and technology readiness (5%) scores. The dollar values identified in the reports are high-level budget estimates based on national averages. Detailed estimates would be needed prior to any specific construction projects.
The intent of this work is to provide the General Assembly with data that can be used to inform school building funding decisions. Districts and schools also can use the findings to improve deficient areas identified in the individual School Reports.