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Summer 2017 Projects
Building & Site Sinking Fund Dollars at Work
In May 2013, voters in the West Bloomfield School District approved a 14-year, 1.25 mill levy Building and Site Sinking Fund (BSSF). The Building and Site Sinking Fund provides critical dollars to help maintain and protect the school district’s investment in facilities. Based on taxable values, the 1.25-mill levy is expected to generate approximately $2.1 million in revenue this school year. The projects that were approved by the WBSD Board of Education for this year have been taking shape this summer and will be completed for the start of school. The major projects approved in the 2017-18 annual BSSF budget are:
West Bloomfield High School Partial Roofing Replacement Budget $721,000: The roof covering the High School gymnasium and pool is at the end of its useful life. The project encompasses approximately 53,000 square feet of roof area. This project will protect the community’s investment in the school building and help preserve space that is utilized extensively by student-athletes and community members alike.
West Bloomfield High School Stadium Synthetic Turf and Track Replacement Budget $1.2 million: The current synthetic turf and running track surface that was originally installed in 2004 are at the end of their useful lives. The field surface will be installed by industry-leader AstroTurf Corporation. The field is designed based on the latest safety standards and enhancements so that our student-athletes will be ensured of an excellent playing surface that will be shock absorbent in order to minimize the risk of injuries for football, soccer, and lacrosse. An under-layer shock absorbing pad was installed, at additional expense, to ensure that the field is among the safest in any stadium. The graphic design layout was selected to highlight Laker Pride.
The track surface was installed by Star-Trac Enterprise, a company known for their expertise and excellence in such installations. The former track was actually demolished, dug out and fully reconstructed as part of the project; which goes substantially beyond simply resurfacing the top layer. The school district was able to use both the former synthetic turf and running track for 14 seasons. With continued diligent maintenance efforts, it is expected that there will be a similar useful life for the new products.