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The Superintendent’s Office

Thank you for visiting West Ottawa Public Schools’ website. I hope you find it informative and easy to navigate. Our goal is to provide you all of the information you need, whether you’re currently a part of or are considering joining the West Ottawa family. I invite you to take a few minutes to visit the website and learn more about West Ottawa Public Schools. West Ottawa strives for excellence in everything we provide for our students. From our award-winning academics and arts to the International Baccalaureate program; from our Spanish Immersion to our many Advanced Placement offerings, dual enrollment, and highly awarded performing arts program; West Ottawa spares nothing to provide the very best learning opportunities for all students. Our goal is to prepare our students to be College, Career and Life Ready! Thank you for taking time to visit our website. Please contact us with further questions or concerns.

Sincerely,


Thomas K. Martin
Superintendent of Schools
West Ottawa Public Schools

 

Letter from The Superintendent

December 2019

Dear Friends:

This school year continues to be one of the best in recent history. We are excited to begin the planning phases of the Athletics Stadium and PAC made possible by the passing of the May 2019 bond. These are very extensive projects and will take time to design and plan. The most current project will be the complete remodel of Harbor Lights. Bids will be opened this fall with construction starting next spring. This is also a very extensive project and will take about 30 months to complete. More information will be forthcoming in the months ahead. If you haven’t yet heard, it is with great pride that I share with you the recent announcement that West Ottawa Public Schools’ Lakewood Elementary School has made the list of prestigious 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools! Every year the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education, recognizes the best schools in the U.S., and this year Lakewood was identified as one of just 13 recipients in the state of Michigan for “exemplary high per-forming schools.” Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program highlights schools based on their academic excellence, or ability to close achievement gaps among different student subgroups. While we are proud of Lakewood for this achievement, it’s important to recall that other schools throughout our district previously received this designation, including Lakeshore Elementary in 2014 and Waukazoo Elementary, who earned the award each year from 2005 to 2010. The National Blue Ribbon Award isn’t the only honor the district has received recently. Earlier this school year, our entire school district was recognized as one of Michigan’s top 25 school districts by Niche, a well-respected website that ranks high-performing schools across the country. This ranking reaffirms our district’s dedication to preparing students to be College, Career and Life Ready. We continue to be grateful for the partnership that we share with our community and families. We are honored to be chosen to share in the preparing of students for a future that will maximize each student’s potential.

Best wishes for a great holiday season,

Thomas K. Martin
Superintendent of Schools
West Ottawa Public Schools