2009 Bond Issue Update

dedication

UCS official dedicate improvements at Utica High School.

Dear Parents,

The UCS community has a proud tradition of investing in its children. This was again shown in 2009 when district voters approved a $112.5 million bond issue. The measure has since provided resources for construction projects, technology and infrastructure improvements district-wide that are targeted to directly support student achievement.

Thanks to the parity made possible by the bond issue, we are able to provide all UCS students access to the highest standards of teaching and learning and innovative programming in secure, well-equipped facilities.

It is important to note that bond funds can only be used to support capital improvement projects authorized by the voters. State law does not allow bond funds to be spent on daily operational costs, such as salaries and benefits, routine cleaning and maintenance or utilities and supplies.

By addressing technology, construction, safety and infrastructure needs, the bond funds enable more of the district’s general operating dollars to be spent directly on student learning in the classroom.

The chart on the right outlines some of the major bond projects the district has completed in just the past three years. As you read through this information, you will see that some improvements are easy to spot, while others may not be as noticeable. Nonetheless, behind-the-scenes projects are having a significant and positive effect on student learning.

One such example is an extensive upgrade to the district’s wireless network completed last year which now provides high-density, high-speed Internet access at all 36 UCS schools. Consistent with our mission to prepare graduates who are globally competitive, the network upgrade is a vital improvement that has opened the doors to a new 24/7 world of learning for our students, reaching well beyond the classroom walls.

As a UCS resident and property owner myself, I could not be more proud of the community’s consistent investment in its most important resource – our children and their education. And as superintendent of this great school district, I feel privileged to play a role in developing our next generation of economic leaders.

As we begin the 2013-2014 school year, it is my pleasure to welcome you and your children to exciting new adventures in learning, courtesy of our dedicated staff and supportive community.

Sincerely,

Christine M. Johns, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

 

  Purpose

Projects

Upgrade Technology

Create Parity Between Schools

Improve Safety and Building Infrastructures

Install technology to support safety measures and restricted access at school entrances

 

X

 

X

X

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

X

 

 

 

 

 

Replace select exterior and fire doors district-wide

 

 

X

Replace student computers (notebooks and desktops) at all junior and senior high schools. New computer notebooks at elementary schools

X

X

 

Renovate and add space at schools as detailed in 2009 bond issue. Current projects completed or under way include:

  • New general classroom areas, new media center and infrastructure updates at Utica High School
  • New media center and renovated science classrooms at Heritage Junior High
  • Science classrooms and running track renovated at Eisenhower High School
  • Electronic Collaboration Classrooms
    (ECC) at Utica and Stevenson High schools
  • Gymnasium floor replacement at Jeannette Junior High
  • Restrooms renovated at all four high schools

X

X

X

Replace boilers at identified schools

 

 

X

 

Replace furniture district-wide

 

X

X

 

Continue district-wide paving projects and site improvements

 

 

X

 

Continue 20-year roof replacement cycle

 

 

X

 

Replace buses as part of a 12-year cycle

 

 

X

 


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