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Regaining the Trust of the Community

January 10, 2020

Scott Pigeon
Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. | Director of Marketing
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Regaining the Trust of the Community
Hoffman joins Manawa school officials for presentation/panel discussion

(Appleton, Wis.) – When the community distrusts its school district, it can be difficult to accomplish goals, meet school district needs, and repair the relationship and rebuild trust. An expert panel, which includes Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc., will share their expertise at the 2020 Wisconsin State Education Convention, set for January 22-24 in Milwaukee.

Jody Andres, K-12 Market Leader and Senior Project Architect at Hoffman, will be part of the panel that includes four members of the School District of Manawa administration: District Administrator Dr. Melanie Oppor, Board President Joanne Johnson, Principal Daniel Wolfgram, and Business Manager Carmen O’Brien. “Being Transparent, Regaining the Trust” will be presented on Wednesday, January 22 at 8 a.m.

“Our presentation will focus on steps that school districts can take when there is a trust issue between the district and the greater community,” Andres said. “The discussion will highlight the improvements and successes that the School District of Manawa has seen since Dr. Oppor took over. Those efforts were key in getting a $12 million referendum approved by voters last year.”

While the effort to regain trust has begun and is yielding results, it is certainly not complete according to Dr. Oppor. “This has been a mutual district-wide initiative, and we are still in the thick of working through it,” said Dr. Oppor. “We have learned a great deal in our journey so far and are happy to share so that other districts can benefit from our insight. It has been a true collaborative effort and we have just begun the long journey back to regaining trust.”

Hoffman has worked with more than 65 public school districts, private schools, and charter schools throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois and is an industry leader in integrated planning, design, and construction.

The Wisconsin State Education Convention, held at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee, brings together hundreds of school leaders each year to foster effective school board practices for student success through workshops and other education programs.


Hoffman Planning, Design & Construction, Inc. is an integrated Total Project Management firm based in Appleton, Wisconsin. Hoffman’s mission is to make a positive impact on people’s lives and their environment by providing creative ideas and responsible solutions. Total Project Management (TPM), is Hoffman’s exclusive process that integrates efficient, healthy, and cost-effective building solutions that respect the environment while enhancing a building’s quality and value and reducing initial and long-term facility costs. Learn more at

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