In the Bond Oversight Committee's quarterly report, shared at the February 13 board meeting, the Committee noted that work on Hamlin is progressing along the scheduled timeline despite the weather challenges. It is anticipated to be substantially complete by November 30, 2017, with move-in occurring during the winter break of 2017. Weekly meetings involving district representatives, the architect and the general contractor are helping keep everyone on track. Work is also be planned for the new baseball facilities, turf field and all-weather track.
A few unresolved issues remain with the Maple addition; attorneys are involved. The Committee reported that bond funds for minor capital improvements were fully used ifor Year 1 and 2 projects, and the lower-priority Year 3 projects had to be eliminated. (These projects included some ADA upgrades, repairs at ASMS, and the Thurston Elementary parking lot. The School Board is working to address other means of financing necessary repairs.)
Technology-wise, all classrooms in the district now have ceiling-mounted projectors! Network and wireless upgrades are complete at Springfield High, with work still to be done at Walterville, ASMS, Centennial and Two Rivers. Central server infrastructure work is ongoing, with new email servers installed, data storage units, and backup units.
In pursuit of unified communications, new IP-based phones have been deployed at the Admin Complex, with installation to Maple, A3, Gateways, Page and Douglas Gardens coming up next.
More than 650 student computers have been installed in total, most recently at Centennial, Mt. Vernon, Two Rivers, Walterville, TMS, SHS and THS, with the goal of creating a 2:1 student to computer ratio. Next steps include computers at Thurston Elementary, Yolanda, ASMS, and more at SHS and THS. Computer labs have been completed at Thurston Middle School and SHS, with 176 computers deployed to date. All new teachers have received computers, for 405 staff devices to date. The Committee is still looking into e-Readers.
New CTE equipment includes a new planer, bead blasters, and accessories for the miling machine at THS. The school has a bit more money to spend.