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Facilities & Operations

Otsego Public Schools is fortunate to have a supportive community that invests in our students and our facilities growing the pride we all share in our hometown. We do not take the generosity and steadfast investment of the Otsego community lightly. Below are several projects that are only made possible with the support of the Otsego community. Thank you!

May 2020 Bond

In May 2020, our community approved a bond that provided the district with $22.9 million dollars for various facility improvements and a new aquatic facility to replace our aging, 50-year-old pool. This extensive proposal spans six years and will be completed in three series. The projects are broken down below. 

Bond-Issued Extension

In November of 2017, Otsego Public Schools embarked on two major milestones in our education. Voters' approval of a Bond-Issued Extension, which was a zero mill increase on taxes, resulted in more than $6 million and allowed the District to build, and therefore expand, our early childhood education opportunities and go 1:1 for K-12 providing each student with their own device for a unique digital learning experience for students.

The Learn 'n Grow  Early Childhood Education Center opened in the fall of 2019 with a 61% increase in enrollment from the prior year. We are thrilled be able to help our youngest learners gain a great educational foundation in a nature-based environment at our new preschool building. 

1:1 technology has helped students prepare for the digital world around them and brought new, engaging, interactive instruction into the classroom. Online learning and resources also allow for a high level of collaboration between students and staff and gives them an expanded platform for creation, project-based learning.

Building & Site Sinking Fund

In March of 2016, Otsego voters approved a 5-year, 1 mill increase to establish a Building and Site Sinking Fund focused on three things: 

  • Safety & Security
  • Facility Improvements 
  • Energy Efficiencies

This fund brings in approximately $450,000 each year, allowing us to start working on Priority 1 projects identified in a 2015 facility assessment. We are currently in Year 4 of the five-year plan. Below is a list of the projects that have been completed so far. 

Year 1 Projects 

  • Secure Vestibule (buzzer entry system) at Alamo Elementary, Dix Street Elementary, Washington Street Elementary, Otsego Middle School and Otsego High School. 
  • HVAC upgrades at Washington Street Elementary
  • Replacement of kindergarten room windows at WSE
  • Resurfaced the tennis courts

Year 2 Projects 

  • Secure, keypad entrance system installed at all elementary schools for BASE families
  • Secure Vestibule (buzzer entry system) installed at West Campus High School and the Administration Office
  • Installation of fencing at all elementary playgrounds (response to community forums)
  • Precast stone repair at Otsego High School
  • Savings for Otsego Middle School roof restoration

Year 3 Project 

  • Roof restoration at Otsego Middle School

Year 4 Projects

  • Boiler at Washington Street Elementary (work slated for summer 2020)
  • Bulldog Stadium turf replacement