YOUR BOND DOLLARS AT WORK FOR OUR CHILDREN
The Transformation Plan, originally approved in the 2012-13 school year, is about developing, reinvesting, and expanding school choices. As another school year comes to a close, we want to provide another update to our community regarding the progress of our bond projects. The bond pledged to secure, connect, and transform our district. Now, that is exactly what it is doing.
Southwest Community Campus and Plaza Roosevelt
Status: In progress
If you drive by the Clinica Santa Maria located on the corner of Grandville and Franklin, you will see that work has already begun. New affordable housing is under construction, built by Habitat for Humanity. Plaza Roosevelt—a partnership between Dwelling Place, Ferris State University, Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Habitat of Humanity of Kent County, Hispanic Center of Western Michigan, Mercy Health Saint Mary’s, Roosevelt Park Neighborhood Association, and the Resident Partner Committee—will be a transformation to the Roosevelt Park neighborhood and GRPS. Construction is underway for the new Southwest Community Campus High School, and the $20 million project will be completed for the start of school in August 2020.
City High Middle School
The $17 million renovation was completed in August 2019.
Ottawa Hills High School
Status: In progress
Home of the Bengals, Ottawa Hills High School is receiving $17 million in investments to renovate the school for students and incoming career academies. Starting fall 2019, the Academy of Hospitality & Tourism is the first of 6 planned academies for Ottawa Hills. Along with aesthetic upgrades, including flooring, paint, and a newly located main entrance, the building will be reimagined to align with the planned academies. Other programs located at Ottawa Hills will benefit from the renovation, including the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) partnership, which provides students support, school visits, and scholarships; and the Early Middle College program, which allows students to graduate after one additional year with both their high school diploma and an associate degree. The $17 million project is underway and expected to be completed in August 2020.
Union High School
Status: In progress
Covering nearly a quarter of a mile, Union High School is receiving $17 million in investment to renovate classrooms, offices, update and replace heating systems, add classroom air conditioning, renovate the gymnasium, and create an identifiable, secure entry. The project is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
Student and staff safety is our greatest concern. Although our schools have had secure entrances and requirements for all visitors to sign in through the office, many of our buildings were not built for the complex security concerns of the 21st Century. In 2019, Aberdeen, Brookside, CA Frost Elementary, Coit, Palmer, Riverside, and Sherwood had reconfigured entrances and offices to meet today’s security standards. It is anticipated that in 2020 security will be addressed at Alger, Mulick, Kent Hills, Ken-O-Sha, Sibley, and SWCC by modifying entrances and offices.
Brookside, Campus Elementary, CA Frost Elementary, East Leonard, North Park, and Shawmut received a combined $10 million investment to add classroom and office air conditioning, upgrade and replace heating systems, and upgrade and replace electrical power feeds. The $10 million renovation was completed in August 2019.
Our Management Information Services team has distributed and installed new technology throughout the district. More than 4,200 Chromebooks and iPads have been distributed to students. This helps support the district’s new science and math curriculum. Instructional staff devices have also been upgraded for teachers, staff, and principals. Classrooms throughout the district have been upgraded with new state-of-the-art, interactive, wireless projection capabilities. Nearly 90% of technology has been distributed and the remaining is anticipated to be deployed between now and summer.
We look forward to continuing to share the progress as we continue to break ground, cut ribbons, and celebrate our transformation!