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2/21/17 Old Village / Main Street School Facility Update

Located three blocks west of downtown Northville, the district’s Main Street facility (formerly Main Street Elementary School) and the adjacent Old Village School (built in 1917) are the district’s two oldest buildings. Old Village was mothballed by the district in 2012 in order to reduce costs and consolidate the district’s special education center programs at Cooke School.

At the February 21st information session, district leaders shared background on the district’s long-term facility and infrastructure planning, including where the Old Village relocation and sale of Main Street fit in. The programming, timing, cost and space implications of the relocation proposal will be presented, along with proposed revenue sources to fund the project.

This past September the district, as part of its long-term facility and infrastructure planning, issued Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the repurposing of Old Village School, and potentially the Main Street facility, with the goal of finding a fiscally responsible solution that is in the best interest of the district as well as the community. In addition to a review of the proposals received, district leaders and the Board of Education also studied the potential renovation of Old Village School and relocation of the Early Childhood classrooms and Central Office functions from Main Street to Old Village. This plan also provides for an expansion of the number of Early Childhood classrooms in response to community need. The district has reviewed conceptual designs for the renovation of Old Village and is ready to move forward with the next steps in the design process, along with preparing for sale of the Main Street property.

Because both buildings are in the City of Northville’s Historic District, the school district will also be working closely with the Historic District Commission and City of Northville as appropriate regarding the disposition of the Main Street property and planning for Old Village School.

In addition to the proposed Main Street/Old Village School relocation, the Board of Education and district leaders are have formed a Facility Review/Bond Study Committee comprised of a cross-section of district stakeholders, including students, teachers, school parents, community members, district and school administrators, and Board of Education members. 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 and shifting student enrollment have made facility planning a top priority for the district. The committee will delve into issues including addressing the significant and costly facility concerns impacting Hillside Middle School; the increasing enrollment at Northville High School as larger classes move from middle to high school; facility needs at each of the district’s schools and the need to equip the district’s classroom’s for 21st century learning.

School parents and community members interested in the work of the Facility Review/Bond Study Committee are invited to attend the following Community Engagement opportunities, which will include an informational  update from the committee, along with opportunities to provide feedback.  These opportunities are scheduled as follows:
 
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Meads Mill Middle School 
 
and
 
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Meads Mill Middle School