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 The new Peck Elementary School, under construction with bond issue funds, is located on the former Center Line High School outdoor track near both the high school and Wolfe Middle School.

The new Peck Elementary School, under construction with bond issue funds, is located on the former Center Line High School outdoor track near both the high school and Wolfe Middle School.

Photo provided by Center Line Public Schools


Bond projects continue in CLPS

By: Maria Allard | Warren Weekly | Published July 24, 2020

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CENTER LINE/WARREN — On the evening of May 16, 2019, members of the Center Line Public Schools community gathered behind Center Line High School for a groundbreaking ceremony on a section of land that would eventually become the new Peck Elementary School.

One year later, crews continue to build the new Peck, located on the former CLHS outdoor track near both the high school and Wolfe Middle School. The new school is one of many projects funded under the district’s $53.95 million bond issue that passed in November 2017.

A bond issue is a state-approved funding process for a group of planned projects. When voters approve a bond proposal, the school district sells bonds in the authorized amount and uses the sale proceeds to pay for those projects.

This summer, crews have continued the work at Peck, which was scheduled to open in time for the 2020-2021 school year. However, because of COVID-19, work was delayed a bit, and the new completion date is mid- to late October.

According to district Bond Work Supervisor Craig Anderson, crews are working five days a week on the bond projects. Because of COVID-19, workers are wearing masks, staying six feet apart from each other and following guidelines set by the state.

The new Peck will feature a multipurpose room, a gymnasium, a media center, a makerspace, storage, cafeteria, an outdoor classroom and the proper electrical outlets for updated technology. According to Center Line officials, the new school building also will house the district’s Early Childhood Center, which will move from its current location on Cunningham Street in Warren. The ECC will have its own entrance and will share facilities with Peck, including the gymnasium, media center, makerspace, storage, cafeteria and outdoor classroom.  

As part of the bond issue, the former Peck building will undergo several updates and become the alternative education building known as the Alternative Education Center. The updates will include two new single-occupant restrooms, new exterior doors, a new roof, new carpet, a concrete walk replacement, technology improvements and security upgrades.

“The passage of the bond in November 2017 has allowed us to address the needs of our buildings and will give us the tools to educate our students for years to come,” Anderson stated in an email.

To date, the following bond projects already have been completed at Center Line High School: mechanical system upgrades in the natatorium, where the swimming pool is; lighting and sound system improvements in the auditorium; partial roof replacement; and relocation of running track/soccer field. Classroom technology equipment, including large format displays, student Chromebook carts and teacher computers for WMS, CLHS and the new Peck building also have been updated.

The bond projects also will include security updates at all the school buildings; renovations and new construction at the ECC to convert into the new Roose Elementary, which will move from its current location on Masch; improvements to Crothers Elementary, including the addition of a new cafeteria and gym; the relocation of administration to WMS and the demolition of the Follbaum Administration Building; the replacement of school buses as they reach the end of their useful lives; and much more. The Roose building will eventually be demolished.

The bond projects will be funded through three bond sales. According to the district’s website www.clps.org, Series 1 was funded in 2018. Series 2 bonds were sold and closed in May, and Series 3 will be funded in May 2023.

Partners in Architecture PLC, based in Mount Clemens, are the architects for the bond projects. McCarthy and Smith, of Farmington Hills, is the construction manager.

A complete list of bond projects is available at www.clps.org under bond information.

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