Headlines for today: Remember it is still March – snow and hail is not surprising. As I write this it is only March 29th and those of us who have lived in Michigan for a while we are not surprised.Thankfully this year, the snow and hail quickly melted. Change is something we all expect in the Michigan weather.
Just like the weather, we sometimes experience changes in our lives. In November of 2013, Columbia voters approved both Proposal One and Two. Proposal One approved $26 million to renovate Columbia schools to make them safe, warm, dry and smart. Proposal Two approved $4 million to renovate and build areas to allow the creation of a positive learning environment for our seventh and eighth grade students at Columbia Central, in addition to increasing the technology in all of our buildings.
Beginning in the summer of 2014, the bond projects have provided new roofing on all of the school buildings in Columbia, new safer drop-off and pick-up areas for parents and buses at the Columbia Elementary campus, improved parking areas, and a new safe playground area behind the third through sixth grade building.
In Phase Two, the projects have focused on the renovation of the south wing of Columbia Central, along with the building of new locker rooms for the seventh and eighth grade students. Classrooms have new windows, new doors, new flooring, new paint and new ceilings. They have newwhiteboards which will combine with new interactive projectors and Smart software to become interactive “Smart” whiteboards. The exterior doors are also new. The new lockers are delayed, but we have “loaner” lockers for the next couple of weeks until the new lockers arrive.
On April 6th the Phase Two renovations of the south – wing of Columbia Central will be finished to the point so it may house the seventh and eighth grade students. The students and teachers have packed up supplies and books over the past month. Many high school students have helped to move the boxes to Columbia Central. All of these boxes are staged in the Columbia Central Media Center awaiting the move to the classrooms. On Saturday, April 4th community members, parents and students are welcome to come help move all of the boxes into the classrooms.
It is an exciting time in our beloved Columbia School District. Make time on Saturday, April 4th to stop over and help move boxes into the classrooms filled with new furniture, new ceilings, new floors, new doors and new windows. This is the beginning of a new era filled with positive safe, warm, dry and smart learning environments for our children as they build a solid foundation for a bright future! If you have questions regarding the programs at Columbia School District, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 5175926641.