The SMART facilities program wrapped up 2016 on an exciting note, with 871 school facilities projects in various phases of the SMART process, from planning through completion (see chart below). This includes 99 new SMART projects initiated since the December 2016 SMART Update, and an overall investment of $603 million as of December 31, 2016. 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.
School Choice Enhancement Program Projects:
Students at four elementary schools returned from the winter break to improved playgrounds at their schools! The District’s Facilities team worked diligently to implement the SCEP projects at Cypress Elementary School (District 3), Eagle Point Elementary School (District 6), Forest Hills Elementary School (District 4) and Norcrest Elementary School (District 7). The playground improvements involved replacing existing sand with new rubber playground surfaces, which provide a fun, safe and clean environment for students.
As part of the SMART initiative, each school will receive $100,000 to improve the condition of instructional and educational spaces. A total of 140 SCEP projects are underway. Below are examples of current SCEP projects:
- Cypress Elementary School (District 3) – Student service area furniture and faculty room renovations
- Cypress Run Education Center (District 7) - Faculty and student laptops, as well as computers to support the center’s computer lab and television production capabilities
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Montessori Academy (District 5) – Murals and outdoor benches
- Indian Ridge Middle School (District 6) – Technology equipment
- Manatee Bay Elementary School (District 6) – Robotics materials, 3-D printers, shaded benches and storage
“The SMART bond has provided our students and staff with greater access to technology by significantly increasing the number of laptops in our 7th – 12th grade classrooms. We upgraded our computer lab in preparation for our new digital technology program, which will include the implementation of the CODE.org program. Access to this technology is a great tool for our teachers to use with differentiating instruction, implementing project-based learning, TV production and morning announcements. The goal is to prepare our students for the 21st century marketplace.”
- Cypress Run Education Center Principal Gastrid Harrigan, Ed. D.
SMART Facilities Highlights:
Two School Board meetings in December 2016 resulted in SMART projects at six schools receiving approvals to begin the process of advertising and hiring design teams (phase 2 of the SMART process). The combined projects at the six schools represent budgets totaling nearly $30 million for the comprehensive implementation of the improvements at the schools.
- Falcon Cove Middle School (District 6) $10,741,000
- Forest Glen Middle School (District 4) $5,189,000
- Gator Run Elementary School (District 6) $2,571,000
- Pembroke Pines Elementary School (District 1) $3,909,000
- Ramblewood Middle School (District 4) $4,544,000
- Riverglades Elementary School (District 4) $2,670,000_
On December 6, 2016, the School Board approved item J-3 – Riverglades Elementary School funding of$2,670,000 allocated for SMART project scope. The 24 classroom addition is separately funded and being managed by Heery International.
In December 2016, seven schools received School Board approval to begin the design process (phase 3 of the SMART Process), which involves developing the design, preparing the relevant drawings or plans and obtaining any building permits/approvals that will be needed for the implementation of improvements. The following schools are on the way to design:
- Central Park Elementary School (District 6) – ADA stage lift, safety/security upgrade, fire sprinklers, music room renovation, conversion of existing space to music and/or art lab(s), HVAC improvements and building envelope improvements
- Fairway Elementary School (District 2) – Safety/security upgrade, fire alarm, media center improvements, HVAC improvements, electrical improvements and building envelope improvements
- Hawkes Bluff Elementary School (District 2) – Building envelope improvements and HVAC improvements
- Hollywood Park Elementary School (District 1) – Fire sprinklers, media center improvements, HVAC improvements, electrical improvements and building envelope improvements
- Lauderdale Manors Early Learning and Resource Center (District 5) – ADA restroom renovation, HVAC improvements and building envelope improvements
- New River Middle School (District 3) - HVAC improvements and building envelope improvements
- Parkway Middle School (District 5) - Fire sprinklers, media center improvements, HVAC improvements and building envelope improvements
Projects at Blanche Ely High School, Northeast High School and Stranahan High School continue to make progress. Positive momentum continues for the three schools, as the design teams work diligently to prepare the architectural drawings and documents required to move forward.
In addition, the District continues to identify opportunities to address immediate school improvement needs. As an example, the single point of entry scope of work is being accelerated at Blanche Ely High, Northeast High and Stranahan High, with enhancements planned for the summer of 2017.