Bond Projects & Information Update
Thank you to the Clarkston community for your support of the CCS Bond Proposal this past August! As the school year is now in full swing, we wanted to provide an update regarding next steps in the process and what you can expect to see over the coming months.
The district continues to work with GMB a/e, our architecture and engineering firm. We have also chosen George W. Auch Company as our construction manager to oversee the bond projects. Work will now begin to establish project timelines and implementation plans for each area of the bond - safety and security, building and site improvements, and educational technology.
The majority of bond dollars must be spent in the first three years after approval, and all dollars must be spent within five years. We realize that everyone - our students, staff and community members - is anxious to see results. Please remember that all estimated timelines include pre-construction work, design work, permits and bidding. In addition, much of the technology, electrical and mechanical work will be conducted throughout the process and in less visible areas of the buildings.
One of the most critical needs on the bond list was a partial roof replacement at Clarkston High School. At their September 12th meeting, the Board of Education approved the bid for this work to Lutz Roofing Company. You should begin to see these improvements taking shape over the coming months. Initial review meetings have also been held to look at draft plans for the new secure entrances and playgrounds at some of our elementary buildings.
Finally, district-wide technology upgrades will be implemented over the course of the year, and over the next several years. Infrastructure, including cabling, switches, and other “behind-the-scenes” items, will be the first pieces put into place. This work will be the backbone for a faster, more robust system which can then support new student computers and other hardware.
We will provide updates on the district website and social media throughout the year as projects are bid and planning/design begins. We are excited to get started, and we appreciate our community’s support and confidence in Clarkston Community Schools! Our Kids. Our Community. Our Future.