Bond Update 10-16-2020
Posted by Paul Shimmons on 10/20/2020
Farwell Area Schools
Update on the Bond Projects
On Monday, October 12, 2020, the Farwell Area Schools broke ground for the New Wing of the Elementary School.
Left to Right: FAS Board President Joe Maxey, 1st Grader Emmett K., Kindergartener Delainey M., Kindergartener Nelson M., 1st Grader Adalyn H., Representative Jason Wentworth, Superintendent Steve Scoville, and JCI Project Lead Rami Haddad.
This project will set the stage for a busy summer of construction in 2021. The goal is to have the new wing enclosed before the onset of winter allowing construction to continue through the winter. Once the new addition is completed, then the demolition of the 1949 Teachout Wing will begin. With the exception of the new roofs and track, much of this summer’s work was only visible from the inside of our schools.
Our new boilers take up dramatically less space and have already qualified us for a $3700 rebate from DTE.
We are looking forward to the operational savings and reliability that our new boilers in Elementary and High School will provide the district.
Major projects completed in the summer of 2020 include:
- Replaced boilers in High School and Elementary School
- Replace HVAC units and control systems in Middle School and High School have been completed.
- Replace old and leaking sections of roof in High School and Middle School
- Track repairs and replacement at athletic complex.
- New fencing for the athletic complex is still scheduled for this fall.
The chart on the previous page shows the current projections for our bond pay off. The original proposal that voters approved had our millage rate remaining at 3 mils for the first seven years. Current projections are showing our debt levy at the highest rate for only three years. The Farwell Area Schools were very fortunate that our bond sales happened prior to the Pandemic outbreak, our local taxable value has continued to increase above the projected rate. These are the two major contributing factors to faster bond pay down plan than what the voters were asked to approve. The Farwell Area Schools are very pleased with these great results.
Our next steps: The FES playground committee will need to finish site visits and make our vendor and design recommendation to the FAS BOE. JCI and FAS Staff will continue to balance and regulate our heating and air handling systems. Our new door access systems are being completed and will be made active in October or November. Upon the completion of that system, the contractor will switch their efforts to upgrading our camera systems in our schools.
Major projects scheduled for the summer of 2021 include:
- New Elementary Office
- New Elementary Parking Lot
- New Elementary Playground
- Replace Elementary HVAC units
- Demolish the 1949 Teachout Wing.
- New Middle School Secure Entrance
- New High School Secure Entrance
- New Central Office Secure Entrance
- Resurface the High Schools Old Gym Floor.
This truly is an exciting time for our district. While the excitement for all of us is there, we must make a priority to investigate, discuss, design, and THEN purchase/build. Taxpayers have entrusted us to spend community dollars wisely, so we ask for your patience as we move through this process. We will continue to communicate with you through our website, our Facebook page, and through email messages. If you have any questions, feel free to talk with me (Steve Scoville) by phone (989) 588-9917 or by email email@example.com