One of the projects includes a new secure entrance on the east side of Warren Woods Tower High School.

One of the projects includes a new secure entrance on the east side of Warren Woods Tower High School.

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Building updates planned for WWPS

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published August 7, 2020


WARREN — From 2016-2017, Warren Woods Public Schools officials identified $98 million worth of building needs in the district.

Some of those needs — school security enhancements, facility upgrades, technology improvements and various site updates — were addressed when, in November 2017, taxpayers passed a $20.3 million bond issue. This was known as “Phase One.”

A second bond proposal for $45.5 million, described as “Phase Two,” passed May 5 of this year, with 62% of the voters voting “yes” to 38% voting “no.” The second bond will fund more updates throughout the district.

“This is what we refer to as Phase Two; it is allowing us to continue to chip away at the $98 million worth of needs in the district that we identified in 2016,” district Superintendent Stacey Denewith-Fici said in an email.

The bonds from the $45.5 million bond issue will be sold in two series. The first occurred this summer, and the second is planned for 2025. “Phase Two” will provide revenue to continue work started when voters approved the 2017 bond proposal.

The Phase Two bond will add more enhancements in school security and safety; provide further renovations of classrooms and athletic facilities; continue with technology upgrades; and replace items that have reached the end of their life expectancy, including roofs, lighting, flooring, furniture and buses.

“The projects that we have planned will allow us to create secure entries at both high schools, so now all buildings will have this safety feature. In addition, we will be able to do some necessary parking lot improvements to help control traffic and safety around our buildings,” Denewith-Fici said in an email. “We are pleased to be able to get new roofs on several buildings which were failing and causing leaks. We are looking forward to improving our technology network infrastructure and classroom technology.”

All school buildings will receive updates: Briarwood, Pinewood and Westwood elementary schools, Warren Woods Middle School, Warren Woods Tower High School, Enterprise High, the Adult and Community Education center, transportation garage and the former administrative service center on Schoenherr Road just north of the Interstate 696 service drive.

According to school officials, work on “Phase Two” is expected to begin in the spring of 2021, and they don’t expect any delays due to COVID-19.

Under a bond issue, bonds are sold in the capital markets at a date determined by the district, a financial advisor and an underwriter. Upon closing, funds generated from the bond sale are deposited in the district’s construction fund and are available to spend for completion of the projects contemplated in the bond proposal. The funds are limited in their use to approved projects. Funds may not be spent on school employee salaries or benefits.

Bond proposal funds cannot be used for employee salaries. They also cannot be used for repair or maintenance costs or other operating expenses. Bond proposal funds must be used only for purposes specified in the ballot language.

Currently, WWPS officials are focusing on “Phase Two” improvements.

“We know that the needs assessment we completed in 2017 identified $90 million worth of need for our facilities. The 2017 Bond was able to address $20 million and the 2020 Bond will provide an additional $45.5 million,” Denewith-Fici said. “Obviously, there are still projects outstanding.  We will continually monitor our facilities to ensure we are providing the safest and most conducive teaching and learning environment for our students and staff.”

Wakely & Associates, based in Warren, is the architect for the projects. Clark Construction Co., headquartered in Lansing, is the construction company for the bond improvements. Metro Technology Services IT, in Mount Clemens, is the bond’s technology designer.

“In Warren Woods, we have a history of making promises to our community and keeping them,” Denewith-Fici said. “The May 5th bond election will enable the Warren Woods Public Schools to continue its commitment to quality education. We appreciate their trust in us to continue to do what is best for our students and our community.”

To view the impending 2020 bond projects and the 2017 bond projects completed or in progress, visit the district’s website at and click on “school election info.”