UCS marks completion of 2009 bond issue commitment for Davis, Malow auxiliary gymnasiums
UCS marks completion of 2009 bond issue commitment for Davis, Malow auxiliary gymnasiums
Posted on 01/23/2017
Compilation of photos from both dedication ceremonies

Utica Community Schools marked the completion of auxiliary gymnasiums and other recent facility improvements at Davis and Malow junior high schools.

“Opening Night” ceremonies over the past two weeks marked the first girls’ and boys’ basketball games that took place in the facilities. 

“The auxiliary gymnasiums were important projects identified by our parents and community members to ensure parity between junior high schools,” superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “The improvements reflect the completion of another significant promise made to voters through the 2009 bond issue.” 

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

The focus of the 2009 bond issue has been to improve safety and address infrastructure needs identified in the district’s long range plans, create parity between district facilities and upgrade technology.

Major bond projects already completed include a secure entryway with identification system at all facilities, implementation of district’s ongoing infrastructure improvement and replacement plan, including select parking lots and roofs, upgrading the district’s network to provide greater capacity and speed for wireless access, and projects that support parity among the district’s 36 schools, such as one of the largest improvement projects in the history of the district’s original high school, Utica High School.

The January 12 celebration at Davis Junior High School featured the 7th grade boys’ basketball team against the Heritage Junior High School Hornets. The January 19 dedication ceremony at Malow Junior High School was held prior to the 8th grade girls’ basketball game against the Shelby Junior High School Wildcats.

“I would like to extend the appreciation of the Board of Education to the entire team that brought this proposal to a reality,” Board of Education President Gene Klida said. “The end result far exceeds any of our expectations and I know this project will serve students for generations to come.”

In addition to celebrating the auxiliary building addition, the ceremonies also thanked the community for recent building improvements at both schools, including the scheduled replacement of notebook computers, door and floor and lighting replacements.

“We appreciate the support of the entire community for making this day possible for our students,” Davis principal Brian Shepard said at the facility’s dedication.  

Dedications at both schools included ribbon cutting ceremonies, the lowering of basketball hoops, and the unveiling of home and away banners and center court school logos by students.