Thursday, October 27
The new STEM School coming to town has generated a lot of buzz and excitement for residents of Midland. A new curriculum, new operating procedures and a brand new state of the art building are coming soon! But how will this affect our children? How will this affect our community and housing market? After meeting with Midland Public Schools administrators last night, I was able to gain some insight.
The two school districts that will be most directly affected by the new STEM school are Carpenter Elementary and Eastlawn Elementary. MPS will be merging these two facilities and joining them to become "Central Park Elementary". The state of the art facility will open its doors in the fall of 2017 and will be able to accommodate approximately 750 students.
The new school will offer incredible amenities such as outdoor learning spaces for every grade in which the children can learn with hands on projects. These outdoor learning spaces will be open to the public to view at anytime (preferably not during school hours). The architects have also designed the building to expose operating mechanical systems so that the children can visually understand the inner workings of the buildings engineering. The engineers were actually able to re-utilize approximately 60% of the the old buildings (Central Middle School) footprint. The great part is that the school itself is meant to be a learning tool. The mascot for Central Park Elementary will be The Explorers which I believe to be a fitting name for the new endeavour. The school colors with be navy blue, orange and white (like the Detroit Tigers!).
What I learned last night is that the entire Midland Public School district will be transitioning to to the new STEM curriculum which means that it's not a question of whether or not your child will be exposed to the curriculum but whether they will benefit from the Central Park Elementary facility itself. Demand is high, and there is already a waiting list for children enrolling in school of choice.
As a real estate professional I tend to analyze how changes to our city affect market value of the surrounding neighborhoods. I anticipate that the housing market will be positively affected in the two school districts which will be most directly impacted. I believe that the highly desired school district and proximity to downtown (which has seen some revitalization) will make this area more attractive to millennials and first time home buyers with children.
To say that Central Park Elementary will be a great benefit to our community is an understatement. I believe that this school will help our children break the mold and compete for the best positions and opportunities through their collegiate studies and into adulthood. As a former Central Cavalier I am proud to carry on the tradition of Nothing But The Best to the next generation of Midlanders that will call this great city home!
-By Kevin Crampton