More than $40 million in bond improvements welcome UCS students returning to in-person learning
More than $40 million in bond improvements welcome UCS students returning to in-person learning
Posted on 10/23/2020
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As students continue to return to UCS classrooms, their schools may look a little different – thanks to nearly $40 million in recent bond-funded renovations.

The projects were set into motion by a $155 million bond issue approved by voters in November 2018.

“Utica Community Schools is committed to providing a safe and effective learning environment, especially as we transition our students back to in-person learning,” Interim Superintendent Robert Monroe said. “Through fiscal accountability and effective management of resources, we will continue to enhance our community’s investment by enhancing safety, improving technology and addressing the long-range facility needs of Michigan’s second largest school district.”

The $38.3 million in bond-funded projects completed over this past summer include:

  •     Secure entryways at 11 district schools. Currently, all UCS school entrances are locked.  Visitors must present ID to office staff before being admitted into a secure entryway that leads directly into the school’s office area.
  •          Infrastructure improvements as identified in the district’s long-range improvement program, including parking lots, roofs, and heating and cooling system upgrades at sites across the district.
  •          Security cameras at all elementary schools. Last year, cameras were previously installed at five elementary schools and junior high schools and upgraded at high schools.
  •          Replacement of school buses.
  •          Improvements to the district’s wireless system for instructional, student and staff use.
  •          Purchase of more than 19,000 devices for students and staff.  The district provided devices for all UCS students beginning this school year.

Utica Community Schools is in the process of transitioning students safely back to classroom instruction for students currently in a remote environment with their classroom teachers. The process, which began with select special education programs the week of October 5, will continue through November 9.

For bond issue updates, please see this link.