Pentwater schools seek input for bond proposal.

January 26, 2021

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Pentwater schools seek input for bond proposal.

PENTWATER — Pentwater Public Schools officials are seeking input from the community as they prepare for a possible bond proposal to address the district’s “aging facilities,” said Superintendent Scott Karpatian.

Approximately $8-10 million in immediate maintenance and repair needs have been identified, said Karaptian.

The school district is asking community members to complete a survey at https://www.pentwaterschools.net/page/pentwater-bond-information to acquire input.

“In November 2020, Pentwater Public Schools made the decision to pursue a bond proposal to again make some much-needed improvements to our aging facilities,” states Karapatian in a letter to parents and the community. “The first stage of this process was to complete a building assessment to determine the current condition of our facilities.

“As part of the facilities assessment, we hired Rockford Construction and TMP Architects to perform the facilities assessment of our school building and grounds. This report identified approximately $8-10 million in immediate maintenance and repair needs.

“The vision of Pentwater Public Schools is to educate and inspire each child to reach their highest potential and to become a contributing member of society. In order to reach these goals, we need to ensure that we have the proper facilities and equipment to allow our students to safely achieve these goals.

“So, in reviewing past school improvement projects, the last bond was completed in 2003. Since then, we’ve worked hard to maintain our facilities and act as good stewards of community dollars, but realized that our original framework and foundations are aging.

“Pentwater Public School’s Board of Education is committed to implementing long-term solutions to our facility needs that benefit both our students and the broader community. We would like to ask for your help in determining what other needs there may be. We would like to ask you to help with this process by completing a survey.

“The goal of this survey is to gather a wide range of input from the Pentwater community. We need your feedback to make informed decisions regarding a potential bond election and facilities improvements.”

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