Master Property Planning
Since the 2014-2015 school year, Bloomfield Hills Schools has engaged in the community in a Master Property Planning process. This Master Property Planning is determining the best use for the buildings and properties no longer housing specific school programming as of September 2015.
The Moonshot Thinking group was made up of teachers, administrators, and parents. This group started with the question, "What is the most appropriate investment to make in our preschool through 8th-grade facilities long-term?"
During the course of the Strategic Planning the district conducted in the 2018-2019 school year, all of the nine table groups identified preschool through 8th-grade facilities as an area of focus. From there, a drafted goal statement was created which said, "Bloomfield Hills Schools will maximize and equitably allocate resources to achieve district goals." Two primary objectives within the drafted goal point specifically to possible facility changes and upgrades.
Middle School Redesign
The Middle School Redesign team conducted a study of middle school learning and design in the 2017-2018 school year. The study explored what supports would be needed to create an ideal middle school learning environment. This included exploring the physical structures and grade configurations of our current middle school buildings.
Technology & Facility Assessment
A technology and facility assessment was completed in 2018, which identified $33 million in critical needs.
On May 8, 2018, voters in Bloomfield Hills Schools were asked to consider a .7165 mill, six-year sinking fund replacement (to replace the previous sinking fund, which was set to expire in December of 2018).
A sinking fund is a savings account into which a local school district can deposit voter-approved local millage revenue in order to pay cash for the most urgent building projects or repairs as they arise. Sinking funds provide districts with a cost-effective alternative to borrowing or bonding for some expenditures because they require none of the associated legal fees or incurred interest.
The voters approved the .7165 mill, six-year sinking fund on May 8, 2018.