APS Saves $29 Million for Additional Projects

Bond SavingsThanks to careful financial management and a competitive construction market, Aurora Public Schools’ bond program is under budget by millions of dollars.

As a result, the APS Long Range Facilities Advisory Committee—comprised of APS staff, community members and local government representatives—met last spring to review and prioritize facility needs. Based on the LRFAC recommendations, the APS Board of Education recently approved $29 million from the bond savings for additional construction and technology projects.

About half of the construction funding will be spent to expand four APS elementary schools that are currently over capacity due to student enrollment growth.

The additional bond-funded construction and technology projects are listed below.

New Construction Projects

  • Tollgate Elementary School, whole building remodel
  • Kenton Elementary School, two-classroom addition
  • Side Creek Elementary School, two-classroom addition
  • Sixth Avenue Elementary School, two-classroom addition
  • Virginia Court Elementary School, kitchen addition
  • Roof repairs at Dartmouth, Peoria, Side Creek, Sixth Avenue, Vaughn and Yale elementary schools
  • Roof repairs at Mrachek and South middle schools
  • HVAC repairs at Clyde Miller P-8, Yale Elementary School and Pickens Technical College
  • Miscellaneous repairs at Gateway and Hinkley high schools
  • Exterior lighting upgrades at APS elementary, middle and high schools
  • Lighting control upgrades at middle schools, high schools and Pickens Technical College
  • HVAC controls at Montview, Montview Annex and ESC-4
  • New storage building for bulk material, snow and ice mitigation (Facilities complex)Bond Savings - Technology

New Technology Projects

  • Network and software upgrades
  • Expansion of wireless access points
  • Expansion of technology computing devices

Planning and design for many of the new projects will begin this fall, with construction scheduled in 2013 and 2014. All construction projects will be completed by August 2014.