Bond Issue Updates

Improved learning environment, new technology featured in summer UCS bond work

 

More than 60 facility improvements and new technology to support learning will greet Utica Community Schools students when they return on September 5.

Utica Community Schools is continuing a building improvement program this summer that was originally set into motion when district voters approved a $112.5 million bond in 2009.

This summer, projects across the district were completed to continue the district’s focus of improving addressing building safety and infrastructure needs identified in the district’s long-range facility planning, creating parity between district schools and upgrade technology.

“The bond projects this summer reflect the commitment we made to voters to protect the investment they have made in school facilities,” Dr. Christine Johns said. “The projects are part of a long-range planning process that supports student learning in a safe and positive classrooms.”

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 teachers or utility costs.

Summer 2017 bond issue projects at sites throughout the district include select areas for replacement of flooring, roofs, gym and bleachers, classroom cabinets and counter tops, sidewalks and parking lots. The projects also include sites with needed upgrades in heating and cooling and athletic fields. The district is also continuing to replace cafeteria tables at its elementary schools.

The bond funds are also supporting the purchase of technology to support instruction. At the elementary level, the district is replacing iPads to support a nationally-recognized personalized blended learning model for kindergarten students. At the secondary level, new laptops will support an expanded program that integrates coding skills in Algebra I courses.

The 2009 bond issue projects will be completed during the 2017-2018 school year. Over its nine-year history, the bond issue has funded improvements that have impacted every classroom and facility in Utica Community Schools.

Major projects supported through the bond issue have included:

  • A phone and camera identification system with locked door for visitors at the 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,
  • Projects that create parity among the district’s 36 schools, including one of the largest improvement projects in the history of the district’s first high school, Utica High School.

Summer 2017 Bond Issue Projects

 

Building

Project

Area

All Schools
Purchase 20 new buses

All Elementary Schools

Kindergarten iPads

Junior High 

 

Laptops to support Coding Course Three sites piloting program

Eisenhower High School

 

Athletic Field Improvements

 

 

Flooring and Casework

 

 

Pool Cover

Henry Ford II High School

 

Athletic Field Improvements

 

 

Rest Room Improvements

Five Locations

 

Flooring and Casework

 

 

Lighting and Electrical Improvements

 

 

Pool Cover

 

 

Heating and Cooling Improvements

 

Utica High School

 

Restroom Improvements

Eight Locations

 

Flooring and Casework

 

 

Classroom Lighting Upgrades

 

 

Mechanical Improvements

 

Bemis Junior High School

 

Replacement of Bleachers

 

 

Gym Lighting

 

 

Kitchen Equipment Improvements

 

Davis Junior High School

 

Sidewalk and Parking Lot Improvements

 

 

Gym improvements (lighting, bleachers, and floor resurfacing)

 

Jeannette Junior High School

 

Exterior Door Improvements

 

Malow Junior High School

 

Sidewalk and Parking Lot Improvements

 

 

Gym improvements (lighting, bleachers, and floor resurfacing)

 

Shelby Junior High School

 

Heating and Cooling Improvements 

 

 

Classroom Lighting Improvements

 

 

Replace Fire Alarm

 

Beck Elementary

 

Roof Replacement

 

Crissman Elementary

 

Replacement of Cafeteria Tables

 

 

Replacement of Cafeteria Flooring

 

Ebeling Elementary

 

Replacement of Flooring and Casework

 

Graebner Elementary

 

Replacement of 14 Exterior Doors

 

Havel Elementary

 

Replacement of 9 exterior doors

 

 

Replacement of Cafeteria Tables

 

Messmore Elementary

 

Replacement of Cafeteria Tables

 

 

Replacement of Cafeteria Floor Area

 

 Morgan Elementary
   Roofing  

Oakbrook Elementary

 

Kitchen Equipment Improvements

 

Plumbrook Elementary

 

Flooring and Casework Improvements

 

Roberts Elementary

 

Flooring and Casework Improvements

 

Schuchard Elementary

 

Flooring and Casework Improvements

 

 

Replacement of Exterior Doors

 

Schwarzkoff Elementary

 

Replacement of Cafeteria Floor

 

Switzer Elementary

 

Replacement of Cafeteria Tables

 

 

Roofing Improvements

 

West Utica Elementary

 

Exterior Door Replacement

 

Wiley Elementary

 

Exterior Door Replacement