On May 6, 2014, the East Grand Rapids community passed a bond proposal that provided the school district the authority to sell up to $31 million in bonds to fund capital improvements. The capital improvements scheduled throughout the district will be completed in two phases. The district sold bonds in June 2014 to provide $17.5 million for the first phase of projects. The district will sell additional bonds in the spring of 2019 to provide the remaining $13.4 in funding for the second phase of the program.
The first phase of the program focused on safety and security enhancements for students and staff along with replacing and updating district technology. New secure entrances have been constructed during the first phase of construction at the three elementary buildings, high school, and Woodcliff Early Childhood Center. Security cameras and card reader access were improved and expanded throughout the district to further increase the safety of our schools. Technology throughout the district has been replaced and enhanced, including educational technology. The media centers in all school buildings were renovated into Learning Commons. Other major capital improvement needs, such as the replacement of the high school boiler and exterior brick work at Wealthy elementary, were completed in the summer of 2014. The first phase of the construction program will be completed in time for the start of the 2016-2017 school year.
The second phase of the program will begin in 2019 and will focus on facility upgrades and technology enhancements for educational purposes. Updates include: replacement of roofs, mechanical and control systems throughout the district, boiler systems replaced at Breton Downs and Wealthy schools, and an additional $4 million in technology enhancements.
Additional details about the construction program can be found in the list of links to the left. In the spring of 2016 we began placing the below sign at our construction sites to show our appreciation for the EGR School Community supporting our 2014 Bond Initiative: