For Immediate Release:
Contact: Rick Reo, Superintendent
(Paw Paw, MI) June 7, 2023 – Staff at Paw Paw Public Schools and members of the community broke ground on construction and renovations at the high school on Tuesday, signaling the beginning of four years of work in the district. In addition to a new early childhood education building, existing facilities will receive upgrades like classroom additions and new modern furniture.
Funds for the projects were generated by a $47.5 million bond, which voters passed in May of 2022. The bond and its associated projects were designed to improve educational environments, establish healthy and efficient modern facilities, and make security and safety upgrades throughout the district.
“Throughout the course of the bond campaign, the community has been the driving force behind this process,” said Superintendent Rick Reo. “From the beginning, our theme has been to “Build Together” for the future of the entire community. To know that voters in the District share in our vision gives me great hope for the future of our schools and for the future of the Paw Paw community. Now that we’ve officially broken ground on construction, work on the projects will begin immediately.”
High School Additions
The cafeteria and the gymnasium at Paw Paw High School will both receive major additions. Currently, both spaces are too small to meet the needs of the staff, students, and community. The benefits this new space will have will be two-fold: one, it will allow for multiple clubs and sports to practice at once, limiting the need for students to practice in alternative spaces or stay late to get practice in. Two, it will allow the school to host more large-scale events, which they may have turned down in the past due to lack of space. Similarly, seating capacity will be increased in the cafeteria. Updates will be made to student flow and staff visibility as well.
Early Childhood Center
The main new addition for the district will be the Early Childhood Education Center, which will house new and existing preschool programming for 3- and 4-year-old children in the district and surrounding areas. Once completed, students who attend will develop skills that will prepare them for kindergarten and beyond. Complementary childcare will also be offered in addition to the Great Start Readiness and Head Start programs. The building is expected to be completed in the summer of 2025.
- Two classroom additions at each elementary building
- Replacing old furniture with modern flexible furniture
- Security, safety, and energy efficiency upgrades
- Replacing aging mechanical equipment
- New drainage system on high school baseball field
- Renovations to soccer stadium restrooms
Jennifer Kloosterhouse, Experience Manager Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
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ABOUT PAW PAW PUBLIC SCHOOLS - Paw Paw Public Schools serves approximately 2,022 Kindergarten through 12th grade students. Their mission is to develop, support, challenge and inspire every child for lifelong success. From early childhood education to advanced high school courses, the district is goal-driven and student-focused, offering a comprehensive and diverse curriculum that prepares students for success in college, career, and life.
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