Due to aging district facilities, improvements are required to maintain healthy and safe learning environments. Building components and systems that are beyond their useful lives will be addressed to create equity across all schools and also to provide energy savings initiatives crucial to our operating budget. The proposed bond touches every building across the District and addresses imminent infrastructure issues at all facilities to include the following:
Upgrade technology infrastructure
Replace exterior doors
Replace windows and roofing
Replace interior finishes
Renovate toilet rooms
Replace operable walls, bleachers and toilet partitions
How will the addition to Meadows 5-6 building benefit students and the community?
The addition to and renovation of the existing Novi Meadows 5th and 6th grade building will modernize and expand instructional spaces and unify the 5/6 educational environment. The addition to Meadows will be constructed in open space adjacent to the existing building and will be completed in phases. The students will occupy the existing building while the addition is built. Once the addition is complete, 5th and 6th graders will move in and the existing buildings will be vacated for renovation. The 5th and 6th grades are brought together into a single contiguous school that will unify the building and improve access to services for all students.
The remaining 5th and 6th grade wings will be renovated to house a Center-based special needs program, the Adult Transition Center and Novi Community Education. Additional benefits of the Meadows 5th & 6th grade campus redevelopment include the following:
Special needs students who are currently bussed to other districts will be served in their home district.
Young adults in the Adult Transition Center will have appropriate classroom space that meets current standards.
Classrooms will be available for adult education including High School Completion and ESL English classes.
Adequate space will be available for Staff Training and Development sessions.
How will safety and security in our schools be enhanced?
Safety and Security measures will be enhanced through secure welcome centers and enhanced technology, i.e. cameras, electronic latching devices, etc.
One of our primary goals as a school district has been to provide safe yet welcoming environments for our students, staff and families. Our district currently supports this by providing security cameras, keyless entry systems with card readers, District-wide radio communications, and main entry lockdown mechanisms for all of our schools. The
2019 Bond proposal will create secure welcome centers in all Novi school buildings. New enhancements will include the following:
School entries will be remodeled to redirect the flow of visitors into the building. Vestibules will be constructed or reconfigured to require visitors to enter through the main office. School offices that are not located near a school’s main entrance will be relocated to the front of the building.
All schools will receive upgraded electronic access systems, additional security cameras, and remote lock-down capability for classrooms across the District.
Other safety measures include expanding and replacing parking lots, new exterior lighting, and replacing deteriorating sidewalks as well as asphalt play areas.
The demand for STEAM professionals in the US outweighs supply. In the next 10 years, STEAM fields are expected to grow by 10.8%. Improved Science Labs and new STEAM/Robotics spaces will greatly impact the learning environment for a wide range of students. Incorporating new curriculum allows an equity of opportunity for all students to develop 21st century skills and better prepare for the future.
To learn effectively, students must do more than listen. They must read, write, inquire, experiment, discuss and solve problems.
A shift from Science Theory to Science Application “Learning by Doing”
The Setting Matters
A well-designed learning setting allows an inquiry-based curriculum to thrive. It provides the opportunity for collaboration and the flexibility for students to access information and interact with the world. It adjusts to each project, each group, and each individual.
What could our new STEAM/Robotics/Science Labs look like?
Flexible furniture to allow individual, small, or large group collaboration
Access to utilities, i.e. gas, water, power, etc.
Dedicated, secure and ample storage areas
Optimizes research, analysis, interaction and hands-on activities
Spaces to support every elementary, middle and high school student in the classroom and for after school activities