Northview — Community members toured buildings on Sept. 29 to see completed improvements throughout the district.
Open houses were held at West Oakview and North Oakview elementary schools, Highlands 5/6 and Crossroads Middle School, and at the Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center at Northview High School. Projects were completed under a $36.7 million, no-mill increase bond request for building and systems passed by voters in 2020.
In the elementary and middle-school buildings, that included adding multi-purpose spaces and upgrading major systems and classrooms, as well as enhancements to student drop-off, parking, security and playgrounds.
Improvements at the performing arts center included updated seating and improved, energy-efficient lighting that Director Michael Frank said will reduce usage by 80 percent. Stage curtain replacement, lighting controls and wireless microphone system also are in the works.
East Oakview Elementary improvements were completed last fall, and included all-new classrooms, upgraded plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling systems; a relocated front entrance and main office; new playground design and equipment; a new parking area; and new sidewalks that include a path around the playground that connects to the adjacent neighborhood.