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Public Invited to Paw Paw Public Schools Bond Information Meeting & Walking Tour

 Paw Paw, MI – On July 20 at 7 pm, the public is invited to attend a Bond Information Meeting and Walking Tour at Paw Paw High School’s Performing Arts Center. This in-person event will be hosted by Superintendent Rick Reo. Community members will have an opportunity to come together and learn more about the Bond Proposal and its benefits to the students and the community. There will be time for questions and answers, and the program will conclude with a walking tour in which Superintendent Reo will explain the proposed projects. 

“Gathering much-needed input from teachers, students, staff and the Paw Paw community has been the driving force behind this process which began in September 2019, with multiple work sessions, surveys and questionnaires,” said Superintendent Reo. “We took that feedback seriously, combined it with an in-depth facilities assessment and working with our engineering and construction teams developed a list of top-priority projects.”

In addition to district-wide improvements to every facility, the major projects of the Bond Proposal include the addition of an indoor multipurpose space to the high school, a new outdoor multipurpose stadium at the high school, and a new early childhood center.

“Our job is to provide the best possible education for all of our students, and we couldn’t do what we do here, impact so many lives, without such incredible support from the community,” Reo stated. “On August 3, voters in the Paw Paw Public School District will decide the outcome of this election. Our job is to give them the tools to make an educated decision about what’s best for the future of the schools and for the future of the community.”

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.

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  • Replace outdated furniture with modern, flexible furniture.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.

“I invite all Paw Paw community members to attend this informational meeting and walking tour on July 20th to learn more about the Bond Proposal,” said Reo. “I also welcome anyone with questions to contact me directly at rick.reo@ppps.org or 269-415-5200.

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

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