Jeannette Junior High School students use the school’s the new media center. At the back left table are Alma Abdoka and Adrian Maloney. At the front table are David Jones, Anthony Al-Khamisi and Jazlyn Kachi. At the back right table are Afrim Al Akona, Markus Issak and Daniella Stefan.

Jeannette Junior High School students use the school’s the new media center. At the back left table are Alma Abdoka and Adrian Maloney. At the front table are David Jones, Anthony Al-Khamisi and Jazlyn Kachi. At the back right table are Afrim Al Akona, Markus Issak and Daniella Stefan.

Photo provided by Tim McAvoy


Bond funds many improvements in Utica Community Schools this past summer

By: Kara Szymanski | C&G Newspapers | Published November 10, 2021

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP/UTICA/STERLING HEIGHTS — Students at Jeannette Junior High School have been enthusiastic about their new media center that was an important part of approximately $16 million in bond-funded improvements in the Utica Community Schools district this past summer.

Jeannette’s media center was among several projects at the school being funded by a $155 million bond issue approved in 2018. Mechanical updates, a secure entryway and landscaping were other projects — projects commonly undertaken throughout the district.

Other projects completed this past summer include:

• New secure entryways at six schools that require all visitors to directly enter through the school office area.

• Infrastructure improvements to parking lots, roofs, and heating and cooling systems.

• Replacement of 11 school buses.

Jeannette students have had a positive reaction to the media center, according to a district press release.

“I was amazed with the change. I think this is just such a wonderful environment to be in now,” seventh-grader Jules Sitto stated in the press release.

“It gives you a nice feeling to see a clean environment. It helps you with your day,” eighth-grader Raine Thomas said, according to the press release.

“It is a perfect environment where you could do multiple things. I could just sit here and read,” ninth-grader Karlo Shamoon stated in the press release.

The district highlighted the media center’s modern appearance, areas for group collaboration, areas for silent reading or studies, and natural lighting.

Superintendent Robert Monroe said the improvements are focused on the students.

“We have managed these resources wisely and targeted them to ensure they have a positive impact on our learning environment each and every day. It is important to our Board of Education and to our entire district that all of our improvements directly support students,” Monroe said in an email.

Jeannette Principal Antoinette Hamilton said the improvements have helped the school transition back to in-person learning this year.

“Since the learning environment is so important to the success of our students and our staff, it felt great to be able to welcome them back with an encouraging in-person atmosphere that is conducive to academic success,” Hamilton stated in the press release.

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