March 2018

Phase 2 of the 2014 Bond

Dear Fenton Area Public Schools Community,

We will embark on the Phase 2 purchasing of bonds and roll out the implementation plan for technology, security and transportation beginning in June. I want to thank our community for approving this bond in 2014. It is imperative to know this is not a new bond. This is Phase 2 (of 3 Phases) of the 2014 bond. In Phase 1 (2014) we purchased new desktop computers to replace old, out of date, computers for all of our teaching staff. All of our instructional computer labs were updated for student use. We also purchased Chromebook and laptop carts for our students.

In 2014, we updated security by adding dozens of new security cameras in each building, in addition to modernizing the recording and monitoring system that supports these cameras. Our elementary buildings, which previously did not have camera systems, all have benefited from these upgrades. Additionally, secured buzzer entrance systems, electronic locks, and mandatory ID badging for door access, have all been implemented district-wide.

We also purchased eight buses and updated classroom furniture. In Phase 2, we will be purchasing more buses to keep our fleet up to date and safe, more classroom furniture to offer quality learning spaces, and technology that will push us further into the 21st century. The FAPS administration, including the Executive Director of Personnel and Finance, Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Director of Operations, Director of Innovation and Technology, and the Building Principals, have met and will continue to meet in order to prioritize the items within the bond description. FAPS teachers have piloted instructional technology devices and have been surveyed to gain critical feedback. School safety continues to be a priority and will be addressed in Phase 2.

Here are examples of what we are currently researching and piloting, as possible bond purchases from Phase 2 funds:

  • ViewSonic 75 inch Smart Displays for classroom use, which would replace our current, 12 year old, ceiling-mounted projectors

  • Touch-screen Chromebooks capable of running Android apps

  • Buses

  • 360 degree security cameras that increase coverage at a lower cost

  • Emerging classroom technologies, such as mobile control of classroom displays and the ability to capture and share whiteboard notes

Again, this is Phase 2 of the 2014 bond. On behalf of the Board of Education and the FAPS school community, thank you! More information will be shared as we roll out the implementation plan and begin to prepare for the 2018-19 school year!


Dr. Adam Hartley

Reminder of the Changes in 2018-19

Tri County Times published an article this week on the upcoming changes for the 2018-19 school year. While these changes were communicated in December and January, we understand there is no such thing as over communicating. Please see the 2018-19 Calendar and Daily Schedule here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1tPEeI_gYhdsVVYal_yqwPtDzXEO02oCUwVVAsY8oNS8/edit?usp=sharing

Board Packet for March 5, 2018 and Board Workshop on March 19, 2018

March 5, 2018 Regular Board Meeting

Administrative Report

  • Adequacy of School Finance ( fundmischools.org) - Mr. Lynn Hopper
  • Online Registration - Chris Hay

Action Items:

  • Resolution to approve 2017-18 March General Fund Budget Amendment - Dr. Doug Busch
  • Resolution to Approve 2014 Phase Two Bond Sale - Dr. Doug Busch
  • Resolution Authorizing The Issuance of Bonds and Other Matters /Application for Final Qualification of Bonds - Dr. Doug Busch

Superintendent’s Report

  • FHS Art Students Recognized
  • School Safety Update
  • Disability Awareness Workshop March 13th-14th (Dr. Courtney Szucs)
  • Recognition of Chief Slater and Fenton Police Department

March 19, 2018 Board Workshop

Strategic Planning

  • Review Goal Areas/Statements

  • Identify action items

School Safety Update

  • ALICE online training

  • School Resource Officer update/discussion for 18-19

Review of Superintendent Goals

  • Evaluation Timeline

FAPS Organizational Chart

  • Executive Directors Contracts

  • Department Heads

  • Evaluations

Board/Superintendent Relationships

  • MASB Board Responsibilities

School Safety Updates

  • We continue to implement the ALICE training plan established this fall.
  • ALICE training will take place at AGS Middle School with the AGS staff on April 11th and 12th.
  • FAPS will become an ALICE certified district. ALL staff will be completing the online ALICE training module by the 2018-19 school year, including support staff, kitchen staff, and coaches.
  • Prosecutor David Leyton will present to FHS students on March 28th. Prosecutor Leyton will be discussing threats, consequences of making a threat and other items pertaining to students in regards to school safety.
  • The Fenton Education Foundation, in partnership with FAPS, will kick off The Safety Campaign in April. This campaign is designed for the school community, including parents, community members and business owners to help keep FAPS students and staff as a safe as possible.
  • The Safety Campaign will help place Nightlock Lockdown Devices in every classroom at the Ellen Street Campus, AGS Middle School and Fenton High School. Our three elementary buildings have these devices, thanks to the generous efforts of the PTO's a few years ago. Look for the The Safety Campaign kicking off in the April Edition of #WeAreFenton
  • A team of FAPS administrators and an officer of the Fenton Police Department will attend the Great Lakes Homeland Security Training Conference in May.

Strategic Planning Community Work Sessions

You are invited to participate in one of our Strategic Planning Community Work Sessions and help us develop the Fenton Area Public Schools Strategic Plan.

Each 90 minute session will include:

  • Introduction of the DRAFT Goal Areas/Statements and how they were developed
  • Individual work time to identify action items for each DRAFT Goal Areas/Statements
  • Group work time to compare and contrast individual action items and prioritizing action items to be considered for objectives and strategies to meet/exceed our goals
  • Next steps

Community Work Sessions will take place at the FAPS Board Office (3100 Owen Rd.)

  • Monday, April 16, 2018 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Friday, April 20, 2018 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Please click on the link below to Register

Fenton Track: Closed During School Hours

One safety gap that was identified during the FHS and AGS walkthrough is the fact that in the past, we have kept the track open for the community during school hours. Based on our efforts to make FAPS as secure as possible, we will not open the track for community use until after school hours and/or track practice. Thank you for helping keep FAPS a safe place to teach and learn!

Fenton Education Foundation Events

The Fenton Education Foundation supports the Fenton Area Public Schools

by providing funding to continue to support programs at the highest levels.

Come support the FEF and FAPS by attending the events.

Golf Outing in August!

Who's Our Tiger?

We have a phenomenal team here in FAPS and it is important for our school community to get to know them a little better.

Each month we will highlight our FAPS team members.

Who's Our Tiger?

Spring Break: March 30th-April 6th

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