January 13, 2016
Dear DCS Parents and Students,
The Dexter Community Schools Board of Education has always been a good steward of community tax dollars while providing a high-quality education and facilities for our students.
While creating our 10-Year Facility Plan, we use the following considerations:
- The instructional program provided for our students
- Life cycle of current mechanical equipment systems and facility components (i.e., boilers, HVAC, plumbing, roofs, etc.)
- Student enrollment projections and needed space
- Community expectations for our schools
- Options that provide the most flexibility at the lowest cost to our district and taxpayers
- Options for funding sources
Historically, DCS has planned facility maintenance, updates, facility needs, and usage approximately every 10 years. The last 10-year facility plan resulted in the 2008 Bond which provided necessary facility updates, buses, technology and other improvements to maintain our facilities (energy conservation, security improvements, playgrounds, play fields, outdoor athletic facilities, furniture, music instruments, lunch tables, etc). We are now working on the next 10-year window.
Meanwhile, enrollment and program needs continue to evolve. In 2008, the district offered half-day kindergarten, limited Young Five and Preschool offerings, and new residential housing within the district had stalled. Over the past several years, our preschool offerings have greatly expanded to meet the needs of our community thanks to the generous donation of the Jenkins Early Childhood Learning Center. In addition, we are utilizing double the number of kindergarten classroom spaces because Michigan law changes required us to shift to an all-day kindergarten program and our families are choosing Young Fives to support early learning for their children. As a district, we are committed to small class sizes and research supports this commitment at the youngest grades. The result is a significant need for additional space for our youngest learners.
As part of this process, we will be hosting a community forum on Thursday, January 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Mill Creek Middle School. If you are unable to attend, we will also hold a forum in February and have been scheduling regular updates from the facilities committee at each Board of Education meeting.
A few dates to remember:
- No school on Monday, January 16th to honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Community Forum on 10-Year Facilities Plan – Thursday, January 19th at 7 p.m. at Mill Creek
- Half-day for students (high school exams) on Thursday, January 26th and Friday, January 27th
- State of the School District – Wednesday, February 1st at 7 p.m. at Mill Creek
Thank you for your continued support and Go Dreadnaughts!
Christopher Timmis, Ed.D.
Superintendent Letters -- 2015-16 School Year
- End of Year Letter -- June 9, 2016
- Summer Enrichment Opportunities -- June 2, 2016
- Technology Embezzlement Outcome -- May 23, 2015
- May Update -- May 5, 2016
- Community Budget Update -- April 21, 2016
- Overview of 2016-17 Preliminary Budget Scenarios -- April 13, 2016
- EFD and 2016-17 Calendar Notes -- March 3, 2016
- Water Drive -- January 21, 2016
- Happy Holidays -- December 18, 2015
- District Update -- November 23, 2015
- Transportation Update -- September 8, 2015
- Community Careers Network -- August 20, 2015
Superintendent Letters -- 2014-15 School Year
- Call for Host Families -- July 15, 2015
- End of School Year Letter -- June 4, 2015
- Weighted Grades Update -- May 14, 2015
- Sister Schools -- April 23, 2015
- Annexation Exploration Update -- January 20, 2015
- Annexation Ad Hoc Update -- January 13, 2015
- Winter Weather Closing Decision -- January 8, 2015
- Single Tier Busing Savings -- December 12, 2014
- Annexation Ad Hoc First Meeting -- December 8, 2014
- Winter Weather Reminders -- November 12, 2014
- Dr. Daryl Kipke Named Board Trustee -- November 10, 2014
- DCS Board of Education Vacancy -- October 2, 2014
- Welcome Back to School -- September 19, 2014