After upgrading all of the teacher computers during the prior school year, we completed the installation of the latest generation of wireless technology WiFi 6 throughout our campus. This powerful infrastructure has enabled us to purchase an additional 325 HP Chromebooks and 100 new Apple iPads. These devices now bring the school to a one wireless device per student school ratio. To help support this large increase in network traffic, we have upgraded our network electronics to the latest generation and installed a dedicated 1 gigabyte fiberoptic internet connection to provide ample bandwidth to all of the new devices.
To help improve instruction in the classroom, we have installed the TeachLogic classroom audio system in every classroom. The audio system helps with instruction by reducing teacher fatigue and increases intelligibility of the instruction for the students. We have also improved the sound system in the cafeteria for seminars and presentations.
Student safety is always on our agenda when improvements are discussed. A few years ago, new heavy-duty hollow metal doors were installed in the Middle School classrooms through a grant from the Michigan State Police. This year, we have installed the same doors in the elementary school classrooms. The new doors provide a much harder barrier to penetrate than the solid wood doors they are replacing. A camera surveillance system has been installed on the interior and exterior of the school buildings. The system will help with student safety and discipline.
The interior hallways of the school have received a fresh coat of paint. We have also removed ceiling tiles in the middle school upper hallways to provide for a higher ceiling height.
Improvements in the classrooms continue with the installation of carpet in eight rooms in the 7th and 8th grade classroom wings. The existing floors were uneven from prior repairs to the radiant floor heating system and the floor tile was very old. By installing carpet in the classrooms, we achieve a level floor and lower noise levels.
A noticeable improvement will be the installation of campus signage. This signage was the major funding goal of our spring Gala. Due to delays with permit issues, the signage was installed during the 2022-2023 school year. To help light up our campus at night we have replaced all of the exterior building flood lights along Power Road with new LED lights to provide greater visibility of the grounds during the evening hours.
In September, we replaced the main four entry doors and frame to the school with new doors and frame. The existing frame has shifted due to excessive salt corrosion. Another very noticeable improvement is the replacement of the sidewalk concrete by the Early Childhood entrance. The existing concrete had heaved and shifted causing a trip hazard. We added three additional parking spots to help with the pick-up and drop-off of students