The SMART program continues to make progress. Since the last update, 49 new SMART projects have been initiated for a total of 928 facilities projects currently in various phases of the SMART process. This marks an investment of $649 million as of February 28, 2017. The SMART program remains on track to be completed within five to seven years, as originally promised. *Figures below represent the value of projects currently in each phase.
SMART Community Update:
On February 15, 2017, District staff and representatives of the SMART program management team provided Oakland Park City Commissioners and residents with details on the progress of SMART projects in the schools serving Oakland Park families. The presentation was just one of several public presentations taking place in communities across the county.
Project Charter Meetings:
As more SMART projects move from the planning phase to the design phase, Project Charter Meetings (PCMs) are becoming a prominent part of the SMART process. PCMs are informational sessions held at schools with SMART projects underway that allow District staff, the SMART project management team, architects and the school’s administration, parents, volunteers and public officials to come together to discuss the approved renovations, including project scope, objectives, schedules and expectations. Attendees also have the opportunity to have their questions and/or concerns addressed. Eagle Ridge Elementary School, Palm Cove Elementary School, Piper High School, Pompano Beach Elementary School and Ramblewood Elementary School have each hosted PCMs since January 2017.
Eight Schools Complete Their School Choice Enhancement Program (SCEP) Projects:
BCPS is excited to share that eight schools have their SCEP projects complete! These schools include:
- Atlantic Technical College, Arthur Ashe Jr. Campus (District 7) – Office furniture and a 40” TV
- Attucks Middle School (District 1) – Interior audio system, front office furniture, murals, projectors, computers, media center furniture, two-way radios (6), landscaping equipment and pressure cleaning equipment
- Coral Cove Elementary School (District 2) – Ceiling projectors (46)
- Coral Springs High School (District 4) – Printers (6), document cameras (60), projectors (9), ThinkPad laptops and earthwalk carts
- County Isles Elementary School (District 6) – Playground poured-in-place rubber surface
- Cypress Bay High School (District 6) – Printers (112), auditorium projector, office furniture, and interactive TV’s
- Cypress Run Education Center (District 7) – Staff and student laptops, and USB flash drives (17)
- Pompano Beach Middle School (District 7) – Outdoor benches, classic tables and executive chairs
Congratulations to all of the schools and community stakeholders for their support and for participating in the SCEP process.
The School Choice Enhancement Program provides all District schools with $100,000 to improve the condition of instructional and educational spaces. In addition to the eight SCEP projects that are now complete, 132 schools have SCEP projects in progress, for a total of 140 schools with SCEP projects to date.
Bond Oversight Committee:
On February 27, 2017, District staff presented the latest SMART Quarterly Progress Report to the Bond Oversight Committee (BOC). The mission of the BOC is to provide independent, external oversight of the SMART program by completing the following steps:
- Review quarterly reports for effective use of the Bond proceeds;
- Ascertain that Bond revenues are expended for eligible SMART projects
- Facilitate public input regarding the SMART program via hearings; and
- Provide reports to the School Board, Superintendent and general public.
The next quarterly meeting for the Bond Oversight Committee takes place on May 22, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., at the Kathleen C. Wright Administration Center Board Room.
Click the link to view more information on the BOC and/or to review Quarterly Progress Reports