State of the 2014 Bond
In May of 2014, the community of Fenton approved an $11 million school bond, which was split into three phases. Phase I saw the district receive $5.4 million in funds, which were received in June of 2014, and immediately put to use on several projects over the next four years. In May of 2018, Fenton Area Public Schools received $3.6 million after the Phase II bond sale. These funds were put to use in the summer of 2018, and are still being used to accomplish the goals of the original bond plan. Finally, Phase III of the bond is currently scheduled for 2022, when the district will receive an additional $1.6 million. Phase III will mark the completion of the May 2014 bond issue.
To review the Independent Auditor’s Report of the Phase 1 Bond please Click Here.
The goals for Phase I included the following projects:
- Increase the number of student computing devices in each building
- Replace all outdated PCs in the district
- Strengthen our network infrastructure to prepare for a larger wireless internet system, as well as an increase in devices.
- **Design and install a district-wide security system, that included recorded cameras and access control (electronic locks/ID badges)
- **Upgrade the current analogue phone system to a network-based “voice over IP (VoIP)” system
**These projects were originally intended for Phase II, however, due to responsible planning and purchasing on goals 1, 2, and 3, we were able to move goals 4 and 5 to Phase I.
- Add secure vestibules in each building for secure access.
- Purchase new school busses
- Expand the district’s electrical infrastructure, with long term goal of putting a mobile device cart in every classroom.
- Replace outdated and defective grounds equipment
- Replace outdated and defective classroom furniture
- Add concessions building for softball complex
- Create a lighted parking lot in the former “soccer lot” at State Rd.
- Invest in a power operated pool cover to promote energy cost savings to the district.
- Address outdated and defective lockers in the boys team locker room.
The results of the Phase I bond included the following completed projects
Completed Technology Projects
- Purchased and installed over 800 Windows PCs for staff and student use.
- Installed new 23 inch touchscreen monitors for teacher use in classrooms.
- Purchased and deployed over 1000 Chromebooks across the district, housed in carts of 40 or 32.
- Deployed over 150 Windows laptops for students use, as well as for use by staff members that service multiple buildings.
- Installed new interactive whiteboards for the FHS Math Department
- Upgraded all network switches to ones that are capable of providing power over ethernet (for cameras, wifi access points, and VoIP phones), and speeds of 1 GB/sec.
- Purchased and installed a district-wide access control system that monitors, controls, and reports on the activities of over 40 doors in the district.
- Provided access control ID badges to 600 plus staff members.
- Purchased and installed a security camera and network video recording system, district-wide. The system currently supports over 180 cameras, which were also purchased with Phase I proceeds.
- Replaced over 350 analogue phones with new voice over IP handsets. Additionally, all analogue fax lines were converted to digital connections, which saved the district several hundred dollars per month in access charges.
- Funded and deployed a small sampling of classroom audio visual technology as a pilot to prepare for the goals of Phase II.
Completed Facility Projects
- Completed construction on secure vestibules for all buildings except AGS, which will get a secure vestibule during its new main office construction in 2020.
- Removed chalkboards from FHS Math Department classrooms to make room for interactive whiteboards.
- Classroom electrical upgrades to facilitate the increase in mobile device carts.
- Purchased five Western snow plows
- Purchased two zero turn and one loader tractor
- Purchased desks/furniture
- 12 of the planned 16 busses purchased
The goals for Phase 2 included the following projects:
- Upgrade our 12 year old classroom projection and audio systems in every classroom.
- Ensure that every teacher in the district has a mobile device
- Expand the number of Chromebooks available for student use.
- Invest in proactive security technology by merging access control and security cameras onto the same platform.
- Example of benefits https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkaVVQtxXm0
- Begin replacement of out-of-warranty and end-of-life devices, purchased in 2014.
- Upgrade WiFi controller and move all access points to the faster AC standard.
- Invest in emerging classroom technologies, particularly for our media centers and computer labs
- Upgrade selected athletic facilities
- Continue to replace busses
- Roofing renovations on identified district buildings
- Replace non-working and outdated custodial equipment.
- Replace targeted furnishings, fixtures, and equipment in school buildings.
The results of the Phase 2 bond included the following completed projects
Completed Technology Projects
- Deployed 150 ViewSonic 75 inch touchscreen displays in every classroom, to replace projection systems.
- Installed new Lightspeed audio systems and microphones in every classroom.
- Provided every classroom teacher with a Chromebook, configured to wirelessly project to their ViewSonic display.
- Added over 1000 additional mobile devices, specifically for student use.
- (Summer 2019) Merge access control and security cameras onto same platform. This allows for real time delivery of critical security information to key district security staff.
- (Summer 2020) Replacement of replacement of out-of-warranty and end-of-life devices, purchased in 2014.
- (Summer 2021) Upgrade WiFi controller and move all access points to the faster AC standard.
- (Ongoing) Invest in emerging classroom technologies, particularly for our media centers and computer labs.
Completed Facility Projects
- Currently in planning stages for athletics, roofing, and bus purchases.
- Custodial equipment designated for replacement have been identified.
- Classroom furnishing, fixtures, and equipment be identified over the next year (2019-2020).
The goals for Phase 3 included the following projects:
- Replace any remaining outdated or end of life mobile devices in the district.
- Replace any remaining outdated or end of life PCs in the district.
- Assess the needs of the Music Technology lab at FHS.
- Research the use of Virtual Reality, and its effectiveness, for curriculum delivery and positive educational outcomes.
- Assess the need for robotics and STEM technology in all grades.
- Phase III of the 2014 Bond does not include Facility/Operational investment