Bond 2014 News
“We have to always put the students first as we make decisions and that’s what we’re going to do.
We have this great opportunity to fundamentally improve our programs and facilities, so we’re
going to take the time to make sure we do it right.”
Gobles Public Schools Superintendent
An Update on the Bond Project
Signs of progress are already everywhere in the halls and classrooms of both district
buildings, as work has already begun to renovate and retool our schools for the
future, a project that will take all of the next fourteen months.
As soon as the community passed the bond issue on May 6, the district entered
the “Design Phase” of the bond project, and administrators met with professional
services staff to secure and protect district finances, to address technology plans, and
to establish a comprehensive timeline, all for review with the Board of Education at their
monthly meeting on June 9.
District administrators are following the principle of good tradesmen, which
is to “measure twice, cut once”, so as to ensure each step has been carefully planned
and implemented. Over the next months teachers and principals in both buildings
will work together to align and envision our curriculum and all teaching and learning
activities with the opportunities that will be provided with new technology resources.
Teachers and students will pilot several new technology tools in classrooms, with
assessments of each for the ways in which the tools help teachers teach, and the ways
they help students learn.
According to Gobles superintendent Jeff Rehlander, the first consideration of all bond
project decisions has to be the ways in which improvements support the core mission of
“We have to always put the students first as we make decisions,” Rehlander said. “And
that’s what we’re going to do. We have this great opportunity to fundamentally improve
our programs and facilities, so we’re going to take the time to make sure we do it right.”
As the teaching and learning is being updated and instructional technology is
being piloted, much work will be done to update our infrastructure. That work
is already underway. Old phone lines and network servers will be replaced and
updated, computer labs will be replaced with new computers, and the buildings will be
outfitted with wireless access points to allow for wireless teaching and learning, starting
in Fall, 2014.
The Design Phase also includes the preparation of all necessary documents
for new construction and the physical renovation of buildings. This design work
has begun as well, and documents will be finalized over the summer and fall to be ready for
review and authorization in the fall, after which time they’ll be prepared for bidding
to local contractors during the Winter of 2014/2015.
Below you will find a PDF version of the Facility Assessment Document prepared for Gobles Public Schools by architects and engineers at TowerPinkster, and technology consultants from Secant. It has been saved in sections because it is such a large document.
Gobles Public School - 409 North State Street * Gobles * MI * 49055