Our community
has grown.

It is now easier than ever to improve our schools.

Due to rising property values and expiring debt, Ferndale Schools is in the rare position to ask the community to make a significant investment in our educational system. The 2020 Bond would result in a $125 million investment in our students with NO TAX RATE INCREASE to our community.

Reimagine
our learning environments.

The classroom structure hasn't changed much in the last 150 years. As the pace of change accelerates, schools are reimagining the spaces where our students learn. Flexible, adaptable spaces prepare students for a future we cannot imagine.

Prepare for
new risks.

The safety of our students is our top priority. We have identified common sense security updates in all of our buildings that would make them all more secure.

Keep our schools warm, dry, and safe.

Energy efficiency and ensuring our students are "warm and dry" inside of their schools isn't exciting; it's expected. Repairing and improving infrastructure would benefit the long term sustainability of our district. This includes expensive items like roofs and boilers. This bond would be used to safeguard your investment into our facilities.

Keep scrolling to see our full 10-year plan.

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District-Wide 
Improvements

Purchase & Update Bus Fleet

Currently Ferndale Schools leases a portion of our bus fleet. While this allows us to maintain a new fleet with lowered maintenance costs, it is not sustainable long term; because, each year, lease costs must come from the yearly “General Fund”. Under this bond proposal, we would purchase four new buses in each phase (every 3 years: 2020, 2023 & 2026).  This will allow us to begin a long-term purchase plan and life cycle for our bus fleet, leading to improved long-term sustainability. It would also result in more annual “General Funds” flowing to the classroom, as they would no longer be needed to pay for bus leases.

Technology Investments

If passed, the 2020 Bond would result in $5,000,000 being allocated for classroom tech improvements & integration over the next six years.

Ferndale High School & Ferndale Middle School

Phase 1: 2020

Remove Second Swimming Pool

Built in the 1950s Ferndale High School has two full-size pools. This is due to the fact that, when the building was constructed, male and female students had separate swimming classes. Pools are very costly to maintain due to chemical and heating costs. Each pool currently costs the district more than $100,000 per year to maintain. By removing a pool, we woud be creating significant yearly savings to the district, which we intend to reallocate directly into the classroom. After a thorough usage study, we are confident that we can meet the needs of our students and community with a single pool.

Replace with weight room

The massive space currently occupied by the 2nd pool at Ferndale High School would be replaced with a new athletic training facility and fitness center. Our current weight room does not meet the high standards we have for the facilities our students utilize. By creating a new athletic training facility, Ferndale High School student athletes could more-thoroughly prepare for competition, and students at large would have more fitness opportunities within our curriculum.

Creating the new athletic training facility also opens the door for the community at large to utilize the space during the hours when school is not in-session. More details on this plan would become available in the future.

Phase 2: 2023

Secure Entryway

Student security is our number one priority! None of our current buildings were designed and constructed in a time when the threat of school violence was as prevalent as it is today. As part of the 2020 bond, Ferndale High School and Middle School will be retrofitted with a secure entry point. This would offer greater protection for our students, staff, and community.

Replace classroom HVAC Systems

Each Ferndale classroom is equipped with a unit ventilator. This unit circulates climate controlled, fresh air into our classrooms. The useful life of these units is typically 20 years.  The current unit ventilators within the FHS/FMS campus are now beyond their useful life cycle and need to be replaced. By investing in this infrastructure upgrade, Ferndale Schools could capture energy savings on more modern units while creating a more comfortable learning environment for our students.

Building envelope & Roof Upgrades

Maintaining the exterior of a 70 year-old building is costly. With this bond, we would be investing funds to ensure the entire exterior of the facility is properly repaired to ensure our students are safe, dry, and warm.

The roof of Ferndale High School covers more than 100,000 square feet! Upgrading a roof that size is too costly to do with our limited yearly funds, even with a sinking fund, and thus has to be a bond expense. Due to new building codes, this project takes on a greater scope, as it is not simply a replacement of the existing roof but an upgrade to the overall roofing system.

By upgrading the roofing system and repairing the exterior of the building, we would see significant yearly savings in energy and maintenance costs.

Domestic Water System & Miscellaneous Electrical

The Ferndale High School and Middle School campus does not have an industrial hot water system. That is because there is not a significant need for hot water within the facility. The current domestic hot water system is past its useful life and needs to be replaced. This would result in yearly savings in both energy and maintenance costs.

Due to Ferndale High School being constructed in the late 1950s, much of its electrical system does not function well with modern technology. Funds from this bond would go towards this upgrade.

Door Replacements

Many of our interior and exterior doorways are beyond their useful life. Investing in new doorways would increase security and create energy savings.

Winter Sports Entry Addition

Community members have commented that trying to park and find your way into Ferndale High School or Middle School for after-hours sporting events in the winter is a struggle. Many of our community families–as well as those visiting from other schools–have trouble finding a parking place only to be met with a locked door when they attempt to enter. Trying to walk around the entire campus in the dead of winter trying to find an open door is not a great way to treat our community. To alleviate this ongoing challenge, we are proposing the construction of a Winter Sports Entry.  Built near the current elephant steps, this entry way would provide easy access to both the FHS and FMS gyms and pool area.

This upgrade would also increase safety in the rest of the building by allowing admission to visitors directly into the athletic wing and allowing us to better regulate access to the rest of the building during these events.

Kitchen finishes upgrades

Recently, Ferndale Schools utilized a combination of Sinking Fund and Food Service dollars to update the serving and dining areas of the cafeteria. However, the cooking area is still largely unchanged since the buildings construction in the 1950’s. This portion of the bond would modernize our food preparation area, creating energy savings and enabling a greater variety of food choices for our students.

interior renovations (including classrooms)

All FHS classrooms would be renovated to include new furniture, flooring, heating and cooling systems, technology and more! This would modernize the learning environment and offer our teachers flexibility in their instruction.

Phase 3: 2026

auditiorium upgrades

The auditorium was recently completely overhauled with a previous Bond initiative. With this Bond, we would be focusing on the backstage areas to create better dressing rooms and scene construction and storage areas.

parking lots

Parking lots will be repaired as needed.

LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

middle school classroom upgrades

All FMS classrooms would be renovated and enlarged. This process would include new furniture, flooring, heating and cooling systems, technology and more! This would modernize the learning environment and offer our teachers flexibility in their instruction.

Flexible/ Collaborative Learning Furniture

Learning comes from experiences where we are intellectually and emotionally engaged in a topic and then have a chance to apply it to new situations and share it in a meaningful way with others. Truly flexible learning environments have been shown to enhance all of these things by syncing instructional practices, integrating modern technology tools, and optimizing the physical environment in which learning happens.

Flexible furniture does play an important role in optimizing the physical environment. It helps to create a truly flexible classroom in the following ways:

  • Allowing for student choice, movement, and agility.
  • Setting the tone for a healthy learning environment.
  • Building excitement.
  • Sending a visual sign that learning is different in the space.
  • Shaping space for creativity, curiosity, and collaboration.

Flexible furniture seeks to integrate student energy into teaching and learning rather than stifling it, which has been demonstrated to have a multiplier effect on deeper learning.

Robotics/STEAM Lab

Robotics is both a rapidly growing club as well as an area for future curricular growth. Since robotics came to FHS, it has made due with excess spaces that were not designed for this purpose. This portion of the bond would add a dedicated robotics space that would properly fulfill the needs of our Impi Warriors and allow for future growth of our robotics education initiatives.

ARTS  

Band Room Addition & Instruments

A new FHS Band Room would be built to allow space for the drill team. Several worn out instruments would also be replaced.

Renovate Art Rooms

As part of the 2020 Bond, all classrooms would be renovated, including the art rooms.

ATHLETICS  

stadium upgrades

The FHS athletic stadium–which houses our football, soccer, and track and field teams–would undergo some improvements, including:

  • New Playing Surface
  • Updated Bathroom Facilities
  • Updated Concessions Area

baseball & Softball Fields

New baseball and softball fields would be installed to correct for current flooding issues and existing wear.

New Tennis Courts

New tennis courts would be installed to replace the well-worn courts we currently have.

University High School

Phase 1: 2020

Classroom Updates

Walls & carpets would be restored or replaced as needed.

Flexible/ Collaborative Learning Furniture

Learning comes from experiences where we are intellectually and emotionally engaged in a topic and then have a chance to apply it to new situations and share it in a meaningful way with others. Truly flexible learning environments have been shown to enhance all of these things by syncing instructional practices, integrating modern technology tools, and optimizing the physical environment in which learning happens.

Flexible furniture does play an important role in optimizing the physical environment. It helps to create a truly flexible classroom in the following ways:

  • Allowing for student choice, movement, and agility.
  • Setting the tone for a healthy learning environment.
  • Building excitement.
  • Sending a visual sign that learning is different in the space.
  • Shaping space for creativity, curiosity, and collaboration.

Flexible furniture seeks to integrate student energy into teaching and learning rather than stifling it, which has been demonstrated to have a multiplier effect on deeper learning.

Phase 2: 2023

building Expansion

A Conference Room and a Health Room would be added alongside a Work Room and additional storage.

Phase 3: 2026

Remove Playground

The playground at UHS would be removed to make room for additional needed parking.

Update Parking Lot

The parking lot would be restructured significantly to ease traffic congestion and accommodate student drivers.

Tri-County
Educational Center

Phase 1: 2020

Reskin Exterior

Planned repairs to the exterior of the building would yield significant yearly savings in energy and maintenance costs.

Replace Roof

The roof at the TCEC is beyond its useful life and would be replaced.

Replace Boiler

The boiler at the TCEC is beyond its useful life and would be replaced.

Replace Ventilation

Each Ferndale classroom is equipped with a unit ventilator. This unit circulates climate controlled, fresh air into our classrooms. The useful life of these units is typically 20 years.  The current unit ventilators within the TCEC campus are now beyond their useful life cycle and need to be replaced. An investment in this infrastructure upgrade could capture energy savings from more modern units while creating a more comfortable learning environment for our students.

Update Electrical Systems

The Grant has an outmoded electrical system that would be updated for better technology innovation and energy savings.

Ferndale Early
Childhood Center

Phase 1: 2020

Secure entryway

Student security is our number one priority! None of our current buildings were designed and constructed in a time when the threat of school violence was as prevalent as it is today. As part of the 2020 bond, Ferndale Early Childhood Center would be retrofitted with a secure entry point to provide greater protection of our students, staff, and community members.

Phase 2: 2023

Add Toilet In Each Room

Each classroom in the FECC would have a toilet room added for convenience and safety.

Phase 3: 2026

Flexible/ Collaborative Learning Furniture

Learning comes from experiences where we are intellectually and emotionally engaged in a topic and then have a chance to apply it to new situations and share it in a meaningful way with others. Truly flexible learning environments have been shown to enhance all of these things by syncing instructional practices, integrating modern technology tools, and optimizing the physical environment in which learning happens.

Flexible furniture does play an important role in optimizing the physical environment. It helps to create a truly flexible classroom in the following ways:

  • Allowing for student choice, movement, and agility.
  • Setting the tone for a healthy learning environment.
  • Building excitement.
  • Sending a visual sign that learning is different in the space.
  • Shaping space for creativity, curiosity, and collaboration.

Flexible furniture seeks to integrate student energy into teaching and learning rather than stifling it, which has been demonstrated to have a multiplier effect on deeper learning.

Interior Finish Updates

Classroom and hallway interiors would be updated to communicate a Reggio Emilia feel more consistent with our existing curriculum model. Learn more about Reggio Emilia program philosophy here »

Gym Floor

The floor of the gym would be replaced with a new rubber material that better fits the current usage of our littlest eagles.

Playground Update

The FECC playground would receive new equipment to optimize the limited playground space.

Facility Maintenance

Building Envelope & Exterior

Upgrading the roofing system and repairing the exterior of the building could yield significant yearly savings in energy and maintenance costs.

Replace Boilers

The boiler at the FECC is beyond its useful life and would be replaced.

Emergency Generator System

An electrical update is planned for FECC to replace the aging electrical infrastructure consisting of all new ATS, panels, transformers, and circuits.

Ferndale
Lower Elementary

Groundbreaking: 2021

Larger Classroom Sizes

Adaptable learning environments need room to grow and change without feeling crowded. New classrooms would be 50% larger, allowing for more space between individual learning pods and other support areas.

Flexible/ Collaborative Learning Furniture

Learning comes from experiences where we are intellectually and emotionally engaged in a topic and then have a chance to apply it to new situations and share it in a meaningful way with others. Truly flexible learning environments have been shown to enhance all of these things by syncing instructional practices, integrating modern technology tools, and optimizing the physical environment in which learning happens.

Flexible furniture does play an important role in optimizing the physical environment. It helps to create a truly flexible classroom in the following ways:

  • Allowing for student choice, movement, and agility.
  • Setting the tone for a healthy learning environment.
  • Building excitement.
  • Sending a visual sign that learning is different in the space.
  • Shaping space for creativity, curiosity, and collaboration.

Flexible furniture seeks to integrate student energy into teaching and learning rather than stifling it, which has been demonstrated to have a multiplier effect on deeper learning.

Technology Integration

New classrooms would allow for an educational space with seamlessly-integrated technology. Previously, technology had not been a major factor in the design of our newly constructed spaces, leading to lost instructional time while transitioning students to a common area where the technology was housed. With this Bond, we would build a new Lower Elementary School with technology fully-integrated into our classroom spaces. This would eliminate inefficiencies in both classroom space and educational time.

21st Century Infrastructure

The current Lower Elementary School at the Roosevelt building has major infrastructure needs as the building was constructed in the early 1920s. This leads to significant funds being spent each year to keep a nearly 100 year old building operational. By building a new elementary school, we can take advantage of the many technology advancements that have been made over the past century. The more efficient building would save a substantial amount of funds each year in both energy usage and facility maintenance.

Ferndale Upper
Elementary School

Phase 1: 2020

Secure Entryway

Student security is our number one priority! None of our current buildings were designed and constructed in a time when the fear of school violence was as prevalent as it is today. As part of the 2020 bond, Ferndale Upper Elementary School would be retrofitted with a secure entry point to better protect our students, staff, and community from potential threats. Aesthetic improvements will also complement the new entryway.

Update Playground

A new, fully-accessible playground would be added at FUEL that would offer an equitable opportunity for all students to participate in meaningful play, regardless of their ability level. Growth happens organically when you let it. By making play an essential part of every child's education every day, we offer our students the opportunity to explore their imaginations, to connect with other kids, and to stretch and grow physically, emotionally, and socially.

Replace Roof

The roof at FUEL is beyond its useful life and would be replaced. An upgraded roofing system would provide significant yearly savings in energy and maintenance costs.

Improve Bathrooms

Bathrooms would be improved and replaced as necessary.

Phase 3: 2026

Flexible/ Collaborative Learning Furniture

Learning comes from experiences where we are intellectually and emotionally engaged in a topic and then have a chance to apply it to new situations and share it in a meaningful way with others. Truly flexible learning environments have been shown to enhance all of these things by syncing instructional practices, integrating modern technology tools, and optimizing the physical environment in which learning happens.

Flexible furniture does play an important role in optimizing the physical environment. It helps to create a truly flexible classroom in the following ways:

  • Allowing for student choice, movement, and agility.
  • Setting the tone for a healthy learning environment.
  • Building excitement.
  • Sending a visual sign that learning is different in the space.
  • Shaping space for creativity, curiosity, and collaboration.

Flexible furniture seeks to integrate student energy into teaching and learning rather than stifling it, which has been demonstrated to have a multiplier effect on deeper learning.

Building Addition – STEAM Lab

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Math (STEAM) are at the heart of educating a well-rounded learner. A new STEAM lab would be added to provide students a new area to explore these key fields of study.

Center for Advanced
Studies and the Arts

Phase 1: 2020

Roofing

The roof at the Roosevelt Building is beyond its useful life and would be replaced.

Masonry

Damage to the masonry at the Roosevelt Building would be repaired to restore the historic building and preserve the community asset.

Conversion for CASA

Add Parking

Additional parking would be added to allow for student drivers in the CASA programs.

Upgrade Gym for Dance Studio

As part of the transition, the Roosevelt gym would be updated into a dance studio to be utilized by the CASA students.

Adapt K-2 classrooms for science classrooms

CASA is also home to many science and art classes. Some of the current classroom spaces would be updated to meet the needs of the CASA programs.