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For Immediate Release:

Contact: Rick Reo, Superintendent

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rick.reo@ppps.org

Paw Paw Schools Launch Video Series to Educate Voters about Bond Proposal 

 Paw Paw, MI – The Paw Paw Public Schools (PPPS) Board of Education is placing a $53.64 million bond proposal on the August election ballot to fund districtwide facility upgrades. In a series of informational videos launched recently, Superintendent Rick Reo, school staff, coaches and students share thoughts about the proposed improvements while voters are shown first-hand how the upgrades could impact every facility in the district.

In this video series leading up to the August 2021 special election, preliminary designs show how students and the Paw Paw community could benefit from the new indoor multipurpose space at the high school, how a new early childhood center on the elementary school campus could impact logistics for parents, and how a new multipurpose outdoor stadium could improve safety and benefit many high school programs.

If approved by voters, the bond proposal would increase the district’s existing debt millage rate by 1.0 mill. For a home with a $50,000 taxable value ($100,000+ market value), the homeowner would realize an approximate $4.17/month property tax increase. 

"This bond issue would allow us to make updates to spaces across the district so we can create modern learning environments and increase space efficiencies for PPPS students," said Superintendent Rick Reo. 

Additional bond improvements proposed include:

  • STEM Lab/Makerspace renovation.
  • Replace outdated furniture with modern, flexible furniture.
  • Replace aging mechanical equipment.
  • Cafeteria addition at high school for increased capacity.
  • Building envelope updates to increase energy efficiencies.
  • Traffic flow redesign at high school.

The projects were developed after an in-depth facilities assessment, and multiple staff and community work sessions were completed to gauge project priorities.  PPPS is working with architecture, interior design, and engineering firm TowerPinkster and construction management partner Owen-Ames-Kimball Co. 

If voters approve the bond proposal on August 3, work on the project would begin immediately. Projects most likely included in the first series of bonds will be construction of an early childhood center, a cafeteria expansion at the high school, and other major construction at the middle school. It is estimated that all projects would be substantially completed by 2027.

Additional information can be found at www.ppps-bond.com.