By Scott Roper
Holly Area Schools superintendent
In November 2018, our community passed the Holly Area Schools bond proposal, making a long-term investment in the safety and security of our entire Broncho community and the success of our students.
I’m proud to announce our summer 2020 bond construction schedule is on track as we continue to protect the health and safety of our students, families and staff amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our summer safety and security projects include reconfigured student drop-off and pick-up locations, relocated main offices and revamped pool facilities. These projects at Davisburg Elementary, Rose Pioneer Elementary and Holly High School all play a key role in a safe return to school in the fall.
For years, our community has raised concerns about student pick-up and drop-off at Davisburg and Rose Pioneer. In response, preliminary work is underway to improve student safety by reconfiguring the parking lots at both schools.
At both Davisburg and Rose Pioneer, we are moving student drop-off and pick-up to the front of the building by shifting the bus loop to the back of the building, which will greatly improve traffic flow at both locations.
Our community has also called for new, more secure entryways at our school buildings. With that in mind, this summer we’re installing more secure entryways at the front of Davisburg and Rose Pioneer. Construction is also underway on a new main office at the front of Rose Pioneer, which will replace the current media center. The school’s media center will be relocated to the center of the building.
Several additional interior and exterior site improvements are underway at both Davisburg and Rose Pioneer this summer, including outdoor lighting upgrades, new fire alarms, heating and cooling upgrades and replacement of windows, carpeting and other classroom fixtures.
The Holly High School pool — a long-standing point of pride in our community — was in dire need of safety upgrades. Again, at the direction of our community, we made safety and security of our pool facilities a top priority for the bond. We’re honoring that commitment
with fire suppression and lighting improvements, installation of a new dehumidification unit and new bleachers, and more pool upgrades already completed.
Seeing these projects come to fruition makes me proud, not just as your superintendent, but as a member of this strong community. Thanks to your generosity and foresight, we are well positioned to continue providing a safe, nurturing learning environment regardless what challenges arise next school year and beyond.
A full list of Holly Area Schools bond projects is available on the district’s 2019-2022 Bond Project Update Page.