Warren Consolidated Schools voters approved a $134.5 million bond proposal on May 3, 2016, to preserve the district’s facilities and remain comparable and competitive as one of Macomb County’s leading school districts.
The bond will provide essentials for a 21st century learning environment, address district safety and security, technology, and facilities.
“Thank you to the voters for being committed to keeping Warren Consolidated Schools strong," Superintendent Robert D. Livernois, Ph.D. said. “Not only is the passage of the bond an investment in our schools, it also is an investment in our neighborhoods and community.”
The bond is focused on improving educational opportunities by creating modern learning environments so all students may benefit, providing school safety and security enhancements, and reducing utility costs via environmentally smart upgrades.
A total of $25.3 million will be used for technology upgrades that include upgrading technology and infrastructure to support learning, enhancing technology in each classroom, mobile learning devices for students, replacing obsolete computers, and updating the wireless network.
District-wide facility and security improvements worth $75.1 million will include secure entry vestibules, security card reader systems for doors, security cameras, roofing and flooring replacements, upgraded fire alarm panels, replacement of interior and exterior doors where needed, improvements to HVAC, plumbing, and lighting/electrical systems, renovations to restrooms, locker rooms, and cafeterias, energy enhancements, and LED exterior light upgrades in buildings and parking lots.
$21.2 million will go toward sites, fields, and playground improvements such as re-paving deteriorating parking lots and sidewalks, replacement of worn fences where needed, upgrades to athletic fields, tennis courts and high school tracks, as well as upgrades to playground areas.
The remaining $12.9 million will be used for the replacement of worn classroom furniture and 60 new school buses, and to fund band, athletic and recess equipment.
The first series of bond work is expected to begin during the 2017-18 school year, with renovations and upgrades to security cameras at school campuses, elementary playground mulch and drainage systems, athletic renovations at Cousino and Warren Mott, upgraded high school message boards and the purchase of 10 new school buses.