Summer break brings more than $20 million in facility improvements to UCS
Summer break brings more than $20 million in facility improvements to UCS
Posted on 06/20/2019
Photos of construction work at schools

The end of the school year is ushering in the start of a scheduled five-year facility improvement program in Utica Community Schools.

The improvements are focused on three critical areas: safety and security; infrastructure improvements identified through the district’s long-range facility program; and technology. 

“Through a clear strategic direction, our voters in November overwhelmingly approved a $155 million bond issue that will impact every school and every student in our district,” Superintendent Dr. Christine Johns said. “Utica Community Schools is committed to managing the taxpayer-approved funds responsibly.”

More than $20 million worth of improvements are beginning this summer.

Major summer projects include:

  • Safety and Security
    • Security cameras at all junior high schools and Duncan, Havel, Ebeling and Schuchard elementary schools. New and replacement cameras for the remaining elementary schools and high schools will occur during the 2019-2020 school year.
    • New controlled front entry areas at Beck, Browning, DeKeyser, Duncan, Monfort, Morgan and Schuchard elementary schools, Shelby Junior High School and the Instructional Resource Center.
  • Technology
    • Computers and iPads to support instruction across the district, in accordance with replacement cycle, including second-grade classrooms, junior high school coding courses and high school Foreign Language labs.
  • Infrastructure and long-range facility program
    • Stadium improvements, including replacement of field turf, at Swinehart and Runkel fields. Stadium tracks will also be improved.
    • Mechanical (heating and cooling) improvements at Ebeling and Schuchard elementary schools, Davis Junior High School and Henry Ford II High School.
    • Replacement of 26 buses.
    • Parking lot improvements at Duncan, Oakbrook and Switzer elementary schools.

For more information on the 2018 bond issue, please see: