How was this plan developed?
- We understand that the Ann Arbor Public Schools community values a quality education for every child. To deliver that quality education, our goal is to provide a building environment that directly supports student achievement and the core mission of the district.
- The average age of the Ann Arbor Public School buildings is 63 years old with an average built year of 1956.
- Due to aging school buildings, a life cycle Facilities Condition Assessment (FCA) was conducted by a professional architectural/engineering firm in 2017-2018 of every AAPS school.
- The FCA included the following components:
- Building Structure - foundation, superstructure and stairwells
- Building Envelope - walls, windows, doors and roof
- Site Improvements - parking lots, walkways, signage, fencing, athletic fields, etc.
- Building Interiors - doors and finishes (floors, paint, cabinets, lockers, etc)
- Building mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire safety (MEPR) Services - water systems, mechanical systems, electrical systems, elevators, fire safety systems, communications systems and security systems
- Equipment and Furnishings - kitchen equipment, pool equipment, scoreboards, theater systems, etc.
- Based on these findings the professional team determined the AAPS facilities are in good to fair condition and have had an adequate level of maintenance over the past few years. However, without substantial additional investment, many of the schools are likely to fall into the “poor” facility rating within a few years.
- Using the Facilities Condition Assessment (FCA) a review of possible financial scenarios was conducted between December 2019 and June 2019.
- Matching the facility assessment with the financing options, the professional team, along with the District, determined that getting voter approval of a bond proposal is the preferred approach to finance the growing and long-term facility goals of the District.
- In addition to the FCA recommendations, this bond proposal includes bus purchases, technology, furniture, musical instruments, school gardens, improved kitchens, additions and new schools to meet enrollment growth as well as additional solar power, geothermal and remodeled classrooms to support goals of health and well-being.
- This plan creates upgraded and improved learning environments that support our understanding of the expectations of our community.
How will the improvements to be financed through the bond proposal impact students and the community?
It is the District’s vision to transform the student learning experience with environmentally sustainable schools for every neighborhood designed to meet the educational demands, health, safety and well-being needs of current and future generations. Additionally, the Board of Education believes that the upgrades identified in the assessment process, and given high priority by the professional team, support proper stewardship of the community’s investment in our schools.