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Community Engagement Sessions slated for March 29 & May 10

Northville Public Schools will host two Community Engagement Sessions for school families, staff and community members to help bring into focus a plan for upgrading educational facilities to support learner-centered school communities that meet the vision and goals of the school district.

While the Sinking Fund millage – first approved by voters in 2011 and renewed in 2015 – has been essential in addressing the district’s most critical facility repairs, the district’s aging buildings, shifting student enrollment, and the desire to modernize facilities to address the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s learners have made facility planning a top priority for the district.

With this in mind, the Northville Board of Education and district leaders recently formed a Facility Review/Bond Study Committee comprised of district stakeholders including students, teachers, school parents, community members, district and school administrators, and Board of Education members. The study committee’s charge – acting as a good steward of the community’s resources – is to review, analyze and provide input into a plan for upgrading Northville Public Schools’ educational facilities to support learner-centered school communities that meet the vision and goals of the school district.

Community feedback will assist the Study Committee’s work in shaping the direction for what the school district may need from a bond proposal based on the Facility Condition Assessment completed on the district’s behalf by TMP Architecture in February 2015, and updated in 2017.

The following are the major facility needs and learning environment improvements that would require resources beyond what the district’s Sinking Fund and/or General Fund can support:

  • The significant and costly facility concerns impacting Hillside Middle School;
  • The increasing enrollment at Northville High School, along with some elementary schools, that is straining capacity;
  • Facility needs across the district’s other school buildings;
  • Creating flexible, 21st century learning environments for students and teachers across all levels to support programs.

In this work, the committee is being guided by the district’s Purpose, Vision and Goals, specifically District Goal V – Organizational Effectiveness, Key Action C-8: Continue to explore the most effective use/re-use of district buildings and properties to support the programmatic and administrative needs of today’s and tomorrow’s learners. In addition, the Study Committee is being asked to be mindful of the district’s desire that any bond proposal brought before the community not result in an increase for taxpayers over the current millage rate.

The Community Engagement Sessions will take place as follows:

Session 1 – Wednesday, March 29, 2017

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Meads Mill Middle School (Fish Bowl)

16700 Franklin Road

Northville, MI 48168

Session 2 – Thursday, May 10, 2017

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Meads Mill Middle School (Fish Bowl)

16700 Franklin Road

Northville, MI 48168

“The input from the Community Engagement Sessions will expand the analysis by the study committee and help bring focus and detail to the needs of our students, staff and community,” said Northville Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher. “The school environment, where teaching and learning take place, is a critical ingredient in providing a quality education. Your participation in these sessions provides an opportunity to help create a vision for the district’s facilities and programs for the future.”

The sessions will be interactive, informative and structured to allow everyone to contribute. Session 2 will build on Session 1, so participants are encouraged to attend both sessions, if possible. For more information about the Community Engagement Sessions or questions regarding the Facility Review/Bond Study Committee e-mail NPS@NorthvilleSchools.org.

 

 

 

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