Completely Rebuilt Ann Arbor School Welcomes the Public with an Open House
The completely rebuilt High Point School, Washtenaw County’s school for students with severe and multiple disabilities, welcomed community members to its first open house on May 19, after two years of construction and renovations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“A lot of people driving by were watching the construction process unfold and wondering what we were doing,” says Ashley Kryscynski, communications and public relations specialist for the Washtenaw Intermediate School District (WISD). “We’d love for everyone to come see what’s going on inside this grand and beautiful building. People often ask where their tax dollars go and we have a great example of community support here.”
Voters approved a $53.2 million WISD bond in August 2019 to demolish and rebuild the original building, which opened in May 1975. High Point School was originally designed to serve students from the special education with cognitive impairment. Today, however, it serves children with severe multiple disabilities, those who are medically frail, and those with severe cognitive impairment. The new building is designed for better mobility and accessibilityand has specialized equipment and learning materials.
“Since our reopening in January, it’s been really exciting to see our students and staff growing in the new building,” Kryscynski said. “For so many years they’ve made it work with what they had before, and to see how they thrive in a space that was designed just for them has been pretty phenomenal.”
Kryscynski adds that although High Point is located in Ann Arbor and designed for students with very specific needs, the school serves all of Washtenaw County and is a resource for the entire community.
“Even if you never have a student here or even if you don’t know a student in our programs, our playground and two walking trails are fully accessible, and everyone is welcome to come and use them. outside of school hours,” she said. . “We have been very intentional in making everything visible and easy to access for anyone in the community who wants to visit and enjoy our resources.”
Jaishree Drepaul-Bruder is a freelance writer and editor currently based in Ann Arbor. She can be reached at [email protected].
Photo by Doug Coombe.