2018 Bond Progress
Thank you voters!
We are excited to share the progress that has been made in regards to the passing of the bond on May 8, 2018. Please continue to check this page for updates on all the exciting changes yet to come for Big Rapids Public Schools and the Big Rapids community. We can't thank you enough for your support!
Phase 1 of bond progress is already underway!
BRPS has already made the following improvements in the priority areas listed here:
Classrooms & Learning
New band equipment and Chromebooks are already in classrooms!
At the Middle School and High School, Mr. Todd, Mr. Balch, and all the students have enjoyed the new band equipment the bond funds have allowed. From bells and tubas to clarinets and xylophones, these improvements will see the BRPS students well into the future in our award-winning band program.
The technology department has also gotten in on the fun and has begun to equip the Middle School, High School and Virtual School with new Chromebooks and ChromeCarts, getting the district closer to our goal of 1:1 technology!
Safety & Security
We have purchased buses and cameras that are already in use!
The safety of students at BRPS is always at the forefront of district decisions. As such, some of our first spending of bond funds was in this priority area and spending for this priority area will be ongoing. The district has already purchased three buses, insuring safety while transporting our students daily.
Additionally, security cameras have been added in buses and at the elementary schools, thus far. The Technology Resource Center has been able to keep the servers for the security cameras in-house, resulting in significant savings for the district.
Building & Grounds
Students were able to use new microphones in the latest school production, The Wizard of Oz!
While the majority of the improvements in Building & Grounds are slated for Phase 2 and 3, there has been some progress made in this priority area. Exterior building updates at the Virtual School have been completed. In addition, the district has begun to update the High School auditorium with the purchase of new sound equipment, curtains, and scrim. The Middle School students were able to benefit from these purchases during their production, The Wizard of Oz.
Phase 2 includes the construction of additions at the two Elementary Schools and the High School.
Big Rapids School district is working hard to deliver the plan the Big Rapids community supported during the election process. Countless hours have been and continue to be spent balancing design elements and fiscal responsibility, all the while maintaining the goal of offering students opportunities to be successful.
Classroom & Learning
Elementary additions are complete and occupied as of January 2020! These additions provide much-needed space for classrooms, collaboration, and storage. Students and staff are very excited about these new spaces. The natural light, fresh air, technology, and openness are all elements that truly enhance learning.
Building & Grounds
As stated, auditorium improvements to sound systems, scrim and curtains, lighting, and storage will be ongoing in Phase 2. Updates began in the spring of 2019.
Additionally, Big Rapids Public Schools is working hard to maintain fiscal responsibility while still offering the community the improvements to buildings and grounds that were supported in the bond proposal period. The Big Rapids School Board approved the bids for the multi-purpose field at the High School. The community can expect to see groundbreaking in the Spring of 2020. You can see the most up-to-date renderings of the multi-purpose field and the grounds at the High School here:
Classroom remodeling will be the highlight of Phase 3.
Classroom remodeling will include HVAC improvements, furniture upgrades, new flooring, new ceilings and more technology upgrades district-wide.
Schematic design for these improvements has been completed and remodeling is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2020. Most improvements will be made during the Summer of 2020 with some improvements also taking place in the Summer of 2021.
Brookside Hallway - Rendering after remodel
Riverview Entry - Rendering after remodel
Middle School Lobby/Entry - Rendering after remodel
Middle School Media Center - Rendering after remodel
Middle School Lower Level Science Lab - Rendering after remodel