Fruitport considers school levy
Jul 21, 2015 at 1:26 PM
A facilities committee will discuss what issues they would like to see changed in current district buildings. Its first meeting is at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the board room on the west end of Edgewood Elementary School, 3255 E. Pontaluna Road.
Fruitport Community Schools Superintendent Bob Szymoniak said the group is part of the district’s strategic plan, and the meetings are open for the public to join and comment.
As of now, the district has no plans for a bond proposal, but that could change if the committee finds reasons for it, Szymoniak said. A recommendation wouldn’t be made until the late spring or early summer.
“These are community buildings, and I think it’s important to have community input into their upkeep and the future of these buildings,” Szymoniak said.
As the committee meets throughout the coming months, Szymoniak said the most important aspect they will look at is safety and security measures. Currently, visitors can walk into school buildings, and they are encouraged by signs to check in at the front office. Szymoniak said the district has security cameras and installed access controls, so there is only one point of entry into the schools during the day.
While some school districts have locked doors with camera systems allowing school officials to have visual confirmation before letting a visitor into the building, only the Early Childhood Center has that capability in the Fruitport district. Szymoniak said they would like to install similar systems throughout the district to increase safety.
“It’s something we should consider,” he said.
The district also faces infrastructure needs for its aging buildings, which range from 44 to 63 years. Szymoniak said the underground water lines are starting to fail and exterior brick is starting to crumble.
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