At the time The First Bell was going to press, the Infrastructure Task Force was preparing for their last meeting and a final recommendation to present at the October 29th Board Study Session. The recommendation, along with additional background information provided by administration, will allow the Board to develop a plan on how best to address the physical needs of aging schools in the district. The Board will be working toward providing a more finalized direction by the November 12 Board of Education meeting.
Beginning in 2020, and then for the next ten years, more than12 Dearborn Public Schools will turn 100 years old and many others will reach 70, 80, and 90 years of age. To ensure a long and vibrant future for the Dearborn Public Schools, the Board of Education directed administration to seek input from the community regarding the long range infrastructure needs of the District.
The Infrastructure Task Force, made up of about 30 community and district staff members, has been working since August 1st to develop a recommendation. The group has heard presentations that provided information on existing needs of our schools, future enrollment trends, and an in-depth look at school finance. They also took a tour of several newer and older schools in the district to get a first-hand experience of the condition of our schools.
The Dearborn Public Schools thanks all members of the Infrastructure Task Force for their efforts and the time they have dedicated to completed this important work.
Photo caption: Tim Gruszczynski, Dearborn Schools Director of Trades and Labor, talks with members of the Infrastructure Task Force during a tour of McCollough/Unis School.