Since the last SMART Update, 18 new SMART projects have been initiated, bringing the total number of facilities projects to 946 in various phases of the SMART process. This marks an investment of $667 million as of March 31, 2017. The SMART program remains on track to be completed within five to seven years, as originally promised.
Project Charter Meetings:
The following schools launched their SMART renovation program by hosting their Project Charter Meetings during the month of March. Project Charter Meetings are informational sessions held at schools with SMART projects underway, which 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.
- Eagle Ridge Elementary School (District 4) – March 8, 2017
- Hollywood Hills High School (District 1) – March 22, 2017
- Nova High School (District 6) – March 21, 2017
- Oakridge Elementary School (District 1) – March 21, 2017
- Palm Cove Elementary School (District 2) – March 8, 2017
- Pompano Beach Elementary School (District 7) – March 14, 2017
- Sandpiper Elementary School (District 6) – March 21, 2017
- Tamarac Elementary School (District 4) – March 22, 2017
As school SMART projects continue to move from the planning phase to the design phase, more Project Charter Meetings will take place across the District marking this important milestone.
SMART Facilities Highlights:
In March 2017, six schools received School Board approval for their SMART improvements to begin the design process (Phase 3). The design process involves developing the design, preparing the relevant drawings or plans, and obtaining any building permits/approvals that will be needed for the implementation of the improvements. The following schools are on the way to design:
- Charles Drew Elementary School (District 7) - Fire sprinklers, fire alarm, HVAC improvements and building envelope improvements
- Charles Drew Family Resource Center (District 7) - Improvements to Buildings 6, 5 and 3; media center improvements; HVAC improvements; and building envelope improvements
- Margate Middle School (District 7) - Single point of entry, fire alarm, safety/security upgrade, fire sprinklers, conversion of existing space to music and/or art lab(s), art room renovation and equipment, electrical improvements, building envelope improvements, media center improvements and HVAC improvements
- South Broward High School (District 1 ) - Safety/security upgrade, fire sprinklers, single point of entry, weight room renovation, HVAC improvements, electrical improvements, building envelope improvements, ADA renovation related to educational adequacy and STEM lab improvements
- Sunrise Middle School (District 3) - Safety/security upgrade, fire sprinklers, HVAC improvements, electrical improvements and building envelope improvements
- Westchester Elementary School (District 4) - ADA restrooms, replace fire alarm, drainage improvements, fire sprinklers, building envelope improvements, media center improvements, HVAC improvements and electrical improvements
School Choice Enhancement Projects:
As part of the SMART initiative, each school will receive $100,000 for improvements to instructional and educational spaces. A total of 131 School Choice Enhancement Program (SCEP) projects are currently underway, and nine are complete:
Some examples of SCEP projects include:
- Cypress Elementary School (District 3) – Playground poured-in-place rubber surface
- Eagle Ridge Elementary School (District 4) – Playground poured-in-place rubber surface
- Oakridge Elementary School (District 1) – Technology and other upgrades (See SMART Shout Out page 3)
Mark Your Calendar:
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.
SMART Community Updates:
Keeping our community informed about the progress of the SMART initiative is a priority for BCPS. District staff and representatives continue to meet with local municipalities, public officials and community groups to provide updates on SMART and share highlights about specific projects of interest. Recent meetings include:
- Fort Lauderdale Council of Civic Associations –March 14, 2017
- North Area Advisory Council – March 16, 2017
- Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and Leadership of Broward Foundation – March 24, 2017
- Municipal Update: City of Dania Beach – March 31, 2017
In addition to the community presentations, members of the public can learn more about the status of SMART projects at individual schools by visiting browardschools.com/School-Info/smartschools.