Northville Public Schools’ families, staff and community members are cordially invited to a Ribbon-Cutting and Open House at the newly renovated and restored Old Village School on Sunday, November 11, 2018, 1:00-2:30 p.m. The Ribbon-Cutting ceremony will take place at 1:00 p.m., followed by an Open House at 1:15 p.m.
Located at 405 West Main Street, three blocks west of downtown Northville, Old Village School has stood as a symbol of historic distinction in the Northville community for more than a century. Originally opened in 1917 as a high school (after the community’s first two high schools burned down), the structure recently underwent a 20-month, $10 million renovation and construction project that includes classrooms specially designed to accommodate the school district’s nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program on the first two floors, and the district’s Central Office staff on the third floor.
“Visitors to the Open House will have the opportunity to see firsthand the work that has been done to preserve the history of Old Village School – including the distinctive arched windows and elaborate brickwork of the building’s Classical Revival architecture – while also creating modern learning environments for our youngest learners, and supporting collaboration and efficiency among Central Office functions,” said Northville Superintendent Mary Kay Gallagher.
In a nod to the school district’s rich history in the Northville community, the seven meeting and collaboration spaces at Old Village School have been named for school and community leaders throughout history who have had an impact on Northville Public Schools and the Northville community. For example, the Board of Education meeting room on the second floor has been named “the Globe,” after the Northville-based Globe Furniture and Manufacturing Company, the largest school and church furniture manufacturer in the world in the late 19th century; and the large meeting and training room on the third floor is the “Alice Beal Collins Center,” after Northville High School’s first graduate in 1869.
At the Open House students from the Northville High School National Honor Society will serve as docents in each of these areas to share more about how these individuals and organizations have impacted Northville Public Schools’ history.
The Old Village School construction and renovation project is the first in a $104.85 million, multi-year Bond 2017 construction and program initiative generously approved by voters a year ago that will touch every school.
For more information about the Old Village School Ribbon-Cutting and Open House, contact Janet Naughton, Communications Specialist, at NaughtonJa@NorthvilleSchools.org.