Community invited to view Pioneer improvements on Dec. 3

From AAPSNews Service

Members of the Ann Arbor Public Schools community are invited to visit Pioneer High School at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 to tour the building and see improvements made possible through the voter-approved 2004 bond issue which funded much of the district’s Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

The event will take place in the school’s newly expanded cafeteria at 601 W. Stadium Blvd., at the southwest corner of Main Street and Stadium.

Work at Pioneer represents the final major district construction project paid for by the bond issue. The Dec. 3 event is designed to celebrate the accomplishments of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, acknowledge the end of the project cycle and invite the community to see the improvements firsthand.

“Completion of the plan is a powerful demonstration of the commitment our parents and community have to our schools,” said Interim Superintendent Robert Allen. “It is another example of the Ann Arbor Public Schools community coming together to accomplish great things for our students.”

Projects paid for with the bond include:

  • Constructing Skyline High School, the district’s third comprehensive high school;
  • Remodeling both Pioneer and Huron high schools;
  • Modernizing all K-12 school buildings; building a new preschool facility and offering tuition-based preschool in other buildings;
  • Expanded all-day kindergarten options; providing up-to-date technology tools;
  • Upgrading Scarlett Middle School into a community centered model middle school;
  • Purchasing new buses;
  • Replacing musical instruments;
  • Eliminating high school portables; and
  • Creating small learning communities at the comprehensive high schools.

Also, successful management of the bond money allowed the district to make additional technology purchases of $7 million; the district anticipates being able to do an additional technology upgrade from the final budget reconciliation.

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