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Saugatuck Public Schools' Facilities Committee Progress Report

The Saugatuck Public Schools Facilities Committee reported on their progress in developing a revised facilities plan for the district at the board of education workshop held November 5th. More than 375 parents and community members participated in the Saugatuck Public Schools’ facilities survey completed in August 2018.
Results of the survey were shared with the facilities committee and the board of education.

Those results also were used to re-engage in the facilities planning process.

Survey results are available on the district website under Bond Info.

Additional input was gathered from the faculty and staff at both Douglas Elementary School and Saugatuck Middle School & High School.

This data, an updated financial analysis, and the original guiding principles from the human centered design process were used by the facilities committee in conjunction with GMB Architecture and Engineering and GDK Construction to inform a revised scope for the renovation of both Douglas Elementary School and Saugatuck Middle School & High School.

Features of the revised renovation plan heavily supported by survey results include safety and security upgrades (88% support) such as secure entrances, improved pick-up/drop-off circulation, security cameras, and new buses, building improvements (88% support) such as plumbing, heating, electrical, ventilation, roofing and paving, technology improvements (88% support), and learning environment transformations (68% support) such as a new MS/HS band room, new science labs,

Renovated media centers, and flexible and functional furniture to support 21st century learning.

Key changes from the previous bond proposal presented to voters last May include a new single story design for the renovation of Saugatuck High School and more emphasis on increasing the size of lower elementary classrooms at Douglas Elementary School.

The revised facilities plan reduces the cost of the plan presented to voters last May by 20-25%.

Saugatuck Public Schools’ Facilities Committee Progress Report

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