Bond Issue Updates

2009 Bond Issue Update


UCS summer bond issue projects continue focus on safety, student learning

Utica Community Schools students will be returning this September to facility improvements throughout the district.

The district is continuing building improvements this summer that were originally set into motion when district voters approved a $112.5 million bond approved in 2009.

Since the school-year ended in June, projects across the district are supporting the bond issue’s initiatives to improve building safety and infrastructure needs identified in district’s long-range plans, create parity between district schools and upgrade technology.

“Thanks to our residents, Utica Community Schools students are continuing to learn in a positive and secure environment,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “Their investment in our schools allows us to better support classroom instruction, make the important infrastructure improvements and provide the technology that our teachers are using to increase achievement and promote innovation.”

By law, the funds can be used for capital improvements authorized by voters. The bond issue funds may not be used to support day-to-day operations of the school district, such as staffing or utility costs.

Projects being completed this summer include secure entryways at Henry Ford II and Eisenhower High Schools to match other UCS high schools, continuation of the district’s long-range infrastructure improvement plan relating to items such as parking lots and roofs, new auxiliary gymnasiums at Davis and Malow Junior High Schools to create parity with other district schools, and scheduled upgrades in laptop computers for secondary students. A complete list of summer 2016 projects by building is listed below.

Since its approval, the 2009 bond issue has invested in building and technology improvements that are impacting every district classroom.

Major projects from the bond issue include providing secure entrances at all facilities, implementation of district’s ongoing infrastructure improvement and replacement plan for select parking lots and roofs, upgrading the district’s network to provide greater capacity and speed for wireless access, and projects that create parity among the district’s 36 schools, including one of the largest improvement projects in the history of the district’s original high school, Utica High School.

Summer 2016 Bond Issue Projects

Building

Project

Area

Eisenhower

New Front Secure Entrance

 

 

Restroom Renovations

Math/Science Area

Gym/Pool Area

 

Selected Roof Replacement

 

Henry Ford II

New Front Secure Entrance

 

 

Restroom Renovations

Math/Science Area

Gym/Pool Area

 

Athletic Trace Resurfacing

 

Stevenson

Restroom Renovations

C and E Pod Area

Utica High School

Selected Roof Replacement

 

Davis JH

Existing Ceiling Tile, Fire Alarm and Light Fixture Replacement

 

 

New Auxiliary Gym

 

Eppler Junior High

Heating System Replacement

 

 

Selected Roof Replacement

 

Malow Junior High

Existing Ceiling Tile, Fire Alarm and Light Fixture Replacement

 

 

Replacement Flooring in Cafeteria Area

 

 

New Auxiliary Gym Addition

 

Secondary Schools

Scheduled Replacements of Secondary Laptops

 

Browning Elementary

Flooring Replacement in 10 Classrooms and Main Office

 

DeKeyser Elementary

Flooring Replacement in all Classrooms and Office

 

Harvey Elementary

Selected Roof Replacement

 

Plumbrook Elementary

Flooring and Cabinet Replacement in Six Rooms

 

Roberts Elementary

Exterior Door Replacement

 

West Utica Elementary

Flooring Replacement in Eight Classrooms

 

Wiley Elementary

Flooring Replacement Seven Classrooms

 

District

Continued Implementation of District Bus Replacement Plan through purchase of 20 new Buses

 

Bond Issue Projects and Beacon Tree
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PROJECTS:

PURPOSE:

School years 2010 - 2016

Upgrade
Technology

Create Parity
among Schools

Improve Safety
and Building
Infrastructures

 Beacon Tree Elementary

Install technology to support restricted access at school entrances

 X

 

X

Install interactive whiteboard technologies

X

X

 

Replace furniture

 

X

X

Replace media center computers

X

       X

 

Purchase new computer notebooks
and iPads

X

X

 

Shelby Junior High School:

Purchase new computer notebooks

X

 

 

Complete roofing projects, as identified through replacement plan

 

X

X

Install technology to support restricted access at school entrance

X

 

X

Eisenhower High School:

Upgrade science room

X

X

X

Renovate restrooms

 

X

X

Improve security camera system

 

X

X

Replace running track

 

X

X

Utica High School:

Create electronic collaborative classroom

X

X

 

Make roofing improvements as part of ongoing cycle

 

 

X

Create new media center

X

X

X

Improve security camera system

 

X

X

Renovate restrooms

 

 

 

Create new general and science classrooms

X

X

 

All schools:

Replace technology infrastructure to provide high speed and high density wireless network access

X

 

 

Replace buses district-wide as part of
12-year cycle

 

 

X