D.C. Everest's Future Ready Design / Plan / Construction Phases
The D.C. Everest Area School District prides itself on offering high quality educational opportunities for all students — and providing an environment conducive to learning is critical to that mission. Although our District has garnered a reputation as an innovative leader in education, our facilities — the majority of which were built in the 1950s, 60s and 70s — could no longer keep up with advances in technology. This challenge was compounded by the Act 10 budget cuts that reduced our budget by $6 million/year despite a consistent increase in student enrollment.
Despite being fiscally responsible and doing our best to maintain our heavily-used facilities using funds from our fiscal year budgets, the funds were no longer sufficient. In order to improve the safety of our facilities, reduce crowding, upgrade our classrooms to 21st century standards and secure necessary infrastructure updates we partnered with Nexus Solutions, expert educational facility consultants, and conducted a District-wide facility assessment that resulted in a 500-page audit. After months of careful review and input from District personnel, we compiled a list of major projects and improvements to be completed at each school. The Referendum Proposal was submitted to the DCE School Board for a vote and approved in December 2017. On April 3, 2018, our community voted to approve the $59.8 million Future Ready referendum.
Construction is progressing. Rothschild Elementary, Weston Elementary, and the Junior High are moving into their second phases. The Senior High front entrance and main office construction has begun, and the HVAC, lighting, and ceiling replacements/improvements are continuing. Evergreen and Riverside Elementaries are beginning to have footings and foundations set, as well as HVAC, lighting, and ceiling replacements beginning.
The D.C. Everest Area School District is grateful for the support of our DCE families, community members and businesses. Because of their support, our schools and community will be future ready!
Design and construction for building projects districtwide will continue through 2021, so please check back here for more updates as we progress.