To best serve our community’s investment in Bloomfield Hills Schools, our district utilizes a process for ongoing evaluation and monitoring of all school facilities.
Working with construction, technology, and architectural specialists, the district’s research into future possibilities began with the Master Property Planning work in 2014. The research completed when a Scope & Design study began in the summer of 2019. This in-depth facility study engaged 25 residents of the district, and included a review of student safety, grade configurations, the educational program, and facility needs. The findings of the Scope & Design group were reviewed by students, staff, families, and community members in a series of focus panels conducted on October 1, 2019. In addition, focus panelists participated in follow-up online surveys during the balance of the Scope and Design process.
The Scope & Design process and the Scope & Design recommendations were reviewed by the Board of Education and placed on the May 5, 2020, ballot. When COVID-19 hit, the Board of Education voted to move the vote to the August ballot to best protect the voters of Bloomfield Hills Schools.
We will use existing schools to become a preschool, K-5, 6-8, 9-12 school district. This standardized reconfiguration will improve learning opportunities across BHS and reflects the priorities recommended in the Scope & Design study.
The following are the reconfigurations that will occur:
Eastover will serve students in grades K-5 and will be located at the current East Hills Middle School site. Lone Pine will serve students in grades K-5 and will be located at the current West Hills Middle School site. Conant and Way will remain in their current locations and receive renovations and additions to improve their learning spaces.
Bloomin’ Preschool locations will exist on both the current Eastover Elementary site and at Conant. Bloomin’ Conant will receive an addition and renovations and Eastover will receive renovations.
There will be two middle schools - Bloomfield Hills Middle School North (at the current Lahser site) and Bloomfield Hills Middle School South (at the current Bloomfield Hills Middle School site). To equalize these facilities, the school district will add an auditorium and space for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programming to Middle School South. At Middle School North, we will add a classroom wing and a swimming pool for student and community use.
We anticipate the community will be able to utilize the pool during the hours it is not used by our middle school swimmers and our community recreation programs. We hope to offer as many hours of “open swim” as possible.