July 13, 2020
We’re making exciting progress on our program! Here’s an update on what’s happening.
Overall Project Status
- We are so thankful to the many volunteers who have given their time to share feedback and suggestions with us. Thank you!
- We received the first bills for the schematic design, and we are on budget so far.
- For the foreseeable future, we will continue to meet via Zoom due to COVID. This approach is keeping us on task quite well.
7/8 Grade Addition to High School
- The architect continues to work on the design documents.
- The user group will meet in August for the final design presentation and budget update.
New Elementary K-6 Building
- We have had two meetings with the steering committee and school staff about the new elementary building.
- We reviewed overhead views of different building configurations and discussed a one-level versus a two-level building.
- We discussed the “vibe” of our new elementary and the experience that we want for our kids and staff.
- We reviewed six high-level concept design options with the group and narrowed the choices to 2-3 designs for further development.
- Here is the feedback from the steering committee and school staff that the architect will use to create our guiding principles for the new elementary:
- The image of the building should be:
- Open and welcoming
- Creative and innovative
- Bright, colorful and energetic
- The community impact of the building should be:
- Functional, multi-purpose and flexible to meet as many needs as possible
- Fiscally responsible and a great investment
- Demonstrate school and community pride
- The collaboration aspect of the building should be:
- Flexible and adaptable
- Multi-purpose with collaboration areas for teacher-to-teacher, volunteer-to-student, or volunteer-to-teacher interactions
- Include a collaboration space dedicated to students
- The building should meet the following needs:
- Easy access to restrooms with automatic features, sinks, water, bottle filling stations
- Spaces that are sized appropriately, such as counters, shelves, furniture, lockers, etc.
- Open spaces and space to move
- The building should accommodate the needs of students in grades 1-6:
- Instructional flexibility with technology, furniture, and teaching arrangements
- Flexible classrooms that are easily adjusted to suit multiple purposes
- Windows and natural lighting
- The building should accommodate the following staff needs:
- Teacher-dedicated storage incorporated seamlessly into teaching environment
- Availability of communication tools for teacher-to-teacher and teacher-to-admin use
- Workspaces located between classrooms for teacher and student use
- We will review the designs at the next user group meeting on July 22.
- We continue to explore the best location for the gym in either the high school or new K-6 building.
- Our priority is the educational spaces, so this project is on hold for now.
We will continue to keep you informed about what’s happening with the bond program through:
- Regular email updates
- School board meetings
- South County News Purple & Gold insert
- School website and app
- Schoolcraft Community Schools Facebook page
- Bond Updates for SCS Facebook page
- School newsletters (during the school year)
If you have questions about the bond program, please reach out to Jill VanDyken, Jennifer Gottschalk or Wade Rutkoskie at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support of our schools and students! Go Eagles!