Beginning early in 2020, the Goodrich Area Schools decided to evaluate how best to update their facilities again by passing a bond. Under the leadership of IDS and the Auch Construction team, we were able to identify the needs of the district and balance them with what the community would support. In August 2020, the community voted and passed a No-Tax Rate Increase bond for $20.9 M. The implementation prioritizes the needs while spreading the projects over in one series over multiple years.
First, in the process, our team of experts developed a Facility Condition Analysis to identify the infrastructure needs of every facility. A master plan organized the needs, including facility upgrades, security, technology, academic, and athletic improvements. The security improvements district-wide include updating building access control, security cameras, and door monitoring. Safety will be increased with reorganized and resurfaced parking lots, drop-off, and secured entrance improvements.
Academic improvements also received significant attention. Maker Spaces and learner collaboration was central to the focused enhancements. Technology improvements will be the foundation district-wide for network infrastructure, phone systems, classroom AV, and student/teacher devices. Classrooms will be renovated with areas for collaboration and hands-on learning program development at all buildings. A new multipurpose Gymnasium and Maker Space combination at Oaktree Elementary will offer unique flexibility for school, district, and community programming.
At the high school, the media center, student success suite, and cafeteria will receive a makeover to enable students to collaborate in new ways for high-level learning to take place. Space updates, furniture, and technology will work together to allow choice, promote engagement, and empower learners in new and exciting ways.