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Thomas K. Martin
Superintendent of Schools
West Ottawa Public Schools


Letter from The Superintendent

August 2019

Dear Friends:

SUBJECT:  Thank You Community & Construction/Design-Planning Update

I would like to kick-off the 2019-20 school year by expressing our sincere appreciation to the community for all of their support in assisting us in preparing our students to be College, Career and Life Ready. Over the last few years, the community has supported two major bond proposals that have and will continue to allow for tremendous upgrades and additions to our facilities. It also allows us to make repairs, building upgrades and purchase buses and technology, while keeping the focus of the general fund on our robust programming that we provide for all of our students.

Here is a summary of the five construction projects currently underway and the ten that are in the design-planning phase.

The five projects currently underway are:

  1. High School South chiller
  2. Woodside parking lot replacement
  3. North Holland renovations & parking lot replacement
  4. Old bus garage updated & painted
  5. New scoreboard at Athletics stadium

The ten projects in the design-planning phase are:

  1. Harbor Lights construction in March
  2. District fiber network replacement and redundancy
  3. Pine Creek addition and geothermal heating and cooling update
  4. Lakeshore boiler replacement in 2021
  5. Lakeshore window replacement
  6. Woodside window replacement
  7. Lakewood mechanical system replacement in the North Wing
  8. Land for new elementary
  9. Stadium design
  10. PAC design

This past November the citizens of Ottawa County have also voted in favor of an enhancement millage that supports education in all of the public schools of the county. The major justification for a proposal of this nature was to support the social/emotional needs of our students. We are very proud to announce that, due to the tremendous support of our bond issues by our community, we have been able to dedicate the entirety of the enhancement millage toward the intended purpose of supporting the social/emotional needs of our students. This allows us to add several social workers and counselors who will be available to meet with students to ensure that they are prepared to learn each and every day. Over the last few years, we have seen an increase in the needs that our students bring with them to the learning environment. We are convinced that this additional support will contribute greatly in our goal of preparing all of our students to be College, Career and Life Ready.

Also, for all things West Ottawa, please visit our brand new website.  It can be found at https://www.westottawa.net

Again, on behalf of the students, staff, administration and the Board of Education, thank you for your continued support of West Ottawa Public Schools. We could not do what we do for our kids without you.

My Best,

Thomas K. Martin
Superintendent of Schools
West Ottawa Public Schools