With start of school year arriving Brown gives bond update

DAVISON — Students returned to classes Monday in Davison schools and Superintendent Kevin Brown recently gave an update on the 2020 bond projects that are completed or ongoing in the district.

The superintendent gave an update in his Brow’s Blog video report on the district’s website www.davisonschools.org, July 28.

He said while COVID-19 has caused many disruptions the past 18 months for students, staff and parents in Davison Community Schools, work crews have been busy carrying out the work brought by the $71.39 million bond passed by voters in March of 2020.

“Even though we’ve been living through this pandemic for the last 18 months or so we have gotten a lot of work done around the district,” he said in his video blog. “I wanted to give a short update on some of the projects and things going on.”

Brown said when the bond passed in March of 2020 the district started working on the projects identified as needs under the bond proposal.

These projects include new roofs at Siple Elementary, the Davison High School gymnasium and the Alternative Education building, all installed last summer. There was also a great deal of mechanical work around the district, including the replacement of some HVAC systems, boilers, water pumps and things of that nature.

Brown said there was a lot of work done at Cardinal Stadium where the district held the Class of 2021 graduation in June.

“The seniors were the first ones to get into that facility once the new turf had been installed,” he said in the blog. “We have a brand-new turf field for our football team, our marching band and a lot of our other extracurricular programs at Cardinal Stadium.”

He said the district is working on getting all new field events as they reorganize that entire facility, including new 13 new bathrooms.

Next door at Thomson Elementary, Brown said the district added two new classrooms which opened just in time for the start of classes Aug. 16.

“We plan on actually filling those classrooms with Little Cardinals this fall,” he said.

The district’s bus lot was located for years at the DHS parking lot, but recently it was moved to the old site of the Colonial Inn and Suites on Lapeer Road. That building, purchased two years ago by the district, is now called Cardinal Station.

Brown said construction of the $18 million auditorium project – considered the highlight of the bond – is underway currently.

The district is building a new performing arts center that is being built at the southwest corner of Davison High School. Brown said the district is currently in the first step of that construction which includes the relocating of utilities such as gas, water and electrical.

“That’s the first stage in that big project. It’s a huge project not only because we’re going to build a new auditorium, and surrounding spaces like a band choir room and things like that, but a brand-new DTV studio for the hardworking young men and women of our award winning DTV program,” said Brown. “We’re also going to be redoing things like a new wrestling room, a new athletic meeting room, all of that is going to take place after we’ve completed the auditorium and they’re going to be relocated to the north end of the high school.”

The Performing Arts Center, with its new linear lobby and west entrance, a new DTV studio and the connector to the Alternative Education Building project is expected to be completed in the Fall of 2022.

Brown said despite COVID-19 and ongoing construction at the high school, he said it looks like many aspects of the school year will return to normal in 2021-22.

“We hope to have a somewhat normal year and we get back to doing things the way we used to and we have gotten a lot of work done and we’re continuing to get a lot of work done in fulfilling those promises from that 2020 bond project,” he said in his report.

Since passage of the 2020 bond by voters, taxpayers have seen a 2.9 mill increase in their property taxes, which, for a home valued at $150,000 that’s an annual increase of $218, or $18 per month.