Planning and construction surrounding the exciting bond work in Bloomfield Hills Schools is well underway! The strategic partners are French Associates, the architecture/engineering firm; Barton Malow, the construction manager; and Plante Moran Cresa, the owner’s representative. These entities have been working diligently with Bloomfield Hills Schools since the bond passed in August 2020. The guiding principles of the design around our new and renovated school buildings is to create a sense of belonging, team teaching, integration of support services, and access to common spaces. Instruction drives the construction of these new exciting spaces! A major milestone is the commencement of construction: the Groundbreaking Ceremonies! “North Hills Middle School” groundbreaking will be held at the site of former Lahser High School on Wednesday, May 26 at 5 p.m., and the “South Hills Middle School” groundbreaking will be held on Thursday, July 29, at 5 p.m., at Bloomfield Hills Middle School. The events will include comments from Board President Paul Kolin and Superintendent Pat Watson.
An important aspect of the bond process will be evaluating the catchment area for each school, to ensure that each of the four elementary schools, feeding into the two middle schools, are equitably sized. Every family that currently resides within Bloomfield Hills Schools boundaries will remain in our schools; the internal boundaries of the school catchment areas may change. A community Catchment Area Task Force had its first meeting on Monday, May 10 to begin the study of catchment areas, and to develop maps, models, and scenarios. This group of involved parents, community members, school administrators, and staff will present their findings and recommendations to the Board of Education by the fall of 2021. The goal of this task force is to create equity of programming and enrollment across all four elementary schools and the two middle schools. Catchment area decisions will be made in fall 2021, and the implementation of new catchment areas will take place in fall 2023, when students inhabit their new school spaces.
Presentations on the elementary schools’ current enrollments and enrollment projections have been shared with the Board of Education, and with all schools’ Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTO) meetings, by Educational Consultant Rob Durecka and Plante Moran Cresa (PMC) representative Paul Wills. Durecka is the former Principal of West Hills Middle School and Andover High School - where Bloomfield Hills High School is now located. As the Educational Consultant, Durecka will guide the bond work from the lens of educational programming. Wills is a Partner at PMC who leads the K-12 practice, and provides BHS with project parameters, budget and schedule guidance, and assistance with the selection of design and construction team members. Durecka and Wills are also invested members of our BHS community as current parents of Bloomfield Hills Schools students. Their collaboration has been and will continue to be key to the success of the bond’s implementation.
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