New PHS center more than just a greenhouse

THE PLYMOUTH SCHOOL DISTRICT is taking another step to broaden the scope of the comprehensive education it offers to all of its students. T he district is ready to launch the final, public phase of a capital campaign to build a $1 million, 5,100-square foot food science and agriculture center addition to the Plymouth High School campus.

The Plymouth Education Foundation has already raised more than 70 percent of the cost of the center, planned for construction in 2015, and will be leading the final public drive to raise the remaining $278,000 needed to build the center.

This multi-faceted facility will provide a wide array of tools across a broad spectrum of subjects – beyond just food science and agriculture to culinary arts, science, engineering, health, business and more – with a variety of hands-on and state-of-the-art features.

It will also, like many other of the district’s facilities, be available for community use and benefit as well.

Students will gain knowledge and experience in a number of different areas that will serve them well when they move into the general workplace and develop skills and abilities that are in demand by manufacturers and businesses here and around the world.

It follows logically and seamlessly with the district’s last publicprivate venture, the Lakeshore Technical College-Plymouth Science and Technology Center at the high school, which opened three years ago.

In that effort, the district partnered with local industries, LTC, and local governments to fund and create a state-of-the-art technology education center that provides the training that local industry is looking for in the coming years, all without increasing the district budget or local property taxes.

That center has proven to be a rousing success and a model for similar efforts elsewhere.

It has provided a worthwhile choice for many students and helped the district continue to meet its goal of educating all of its students, preparing them for their future while also meeting the needs of local employers.

The proposed food science and agriculture center promises to replicate and expand that effort in the same manner.

It will enable the district to provide quality education for the jobs local students will be expected to fill in the future, at a minimal impact to the local property taxpayer.

It will provide the work force that local businesses will need in the future and that will help attract more businesses and jobs in the future.

And it will make an already outstanding local school district even more high quality, enhancing the quality of life in Plymouth and making it more attractive to new businesses and new residents.

Those are all more than worthy of the additional final financial support the district and the Plymouth Education Foundation will be seeking beginning in May.

At issue:
Food Science and Agriculture Center
Bottom line:
A positive addition


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