Capital Project, Bus Garage, Technology Infrastructure, Turf Field
There is much to report concerning our facilities.We are completing the final phase of the capital project approved by the voters in 2010 to replace roofing and make heating and other structural improvements. This summer, the boilers were replaced at the Middle School and Tecumseh Elementary. New lighting was installed in the Moses DeWitt gymnasium, with a new ceiling in progress. Significant repair of the infrastructure around the pool and the replacement of the dehumidification system took place at the Middle School.
On 12/12/12, a memorable date for many reasons, we experienced a fire that destroyed a significant portion of the bus garage. A large part of the building had to be demolished and will be rebuilt. Thankfully, the loss is covered by our insurance policies. Plans for the replacement have been approved by the State Education Department, and bids for the construction work have been approved by the board of education. We anticipate the reconstruction will begin this fall, with completion before the end of the school year.
We also completed a significant upgrade to our technology infrastructure, upgrading our hard wire network and replacing the wireless network in its entirety. This will provide significantly more capacity and flexibility for our staff and students to use technology to support teaching and learning.
In July 2012, the District was approached by a group of community residents who are very interested in enhancing the athletic facilities at J-D High School with the installation of a turf field. After meetings with the district administration and Board Facilities Committee, the Board of Education approved a resolution to accept the gift of a turf field and related improvements. The related improvements are a new track and new field lights. The new track is necessary because the new multi-purpose turf field needed to support all of our fall and spring athletic teams would not fit inside the current track, so a new track must be constructed. The current field lights are sufficiently old and outdated that they in all probability could not be relocated to accommodate the lighting needs of the new turf complex. Fielding of night games has been an important component for both our athletes and the community. The October 2012 resolution, approved by the Board, specified the parameters provided to the community group for the donation of a turf field and related improvements to the athletic facilities. The Board believes these parameters are necessary to ensure a successful completion of the project so generously offered by the Community Group.Through mutual agreement, the resolution included an April 1 2013 deadline, to complete the fundraising for the turf field and necessary related improvements.
Last April the Community Group asked for an extension of the resolution approved by the Board because they had not met their fundraising goal. After reviewing the plans and meeting again with the Community Group leadership, the Board of Education approved a second resolution that specifies the specific conditions under which the District will accept the gift of a turf field and related improvements deemed necessary to the project.
The new resolution, which is available in its entirety, on the District website www.jamesvilledewitt.org has more detail than the October resolution, again, designed to ensure the successful completion of the entire project. At the request of the Community Group, the resolution expires November 1, 2013. Information concerning this community project can be obtained at www.JDturf.com.