Education and Enrichment Center Expansion
Pathfinder Village has completed phase one of the Pathfinder School expansion project in time for the first day of school, September 7, 2021. The expansion project is made possible through two anonymous gifts totaling $2.2 million.
Initially, construction was set to commence in spring 2020, with expected completion in the fall of 2020, but the pandemic delayed the project one year. This summer, Pathfinder’s maintenance crew worked tirelessly to complete renovations to the original school building before the start of the new school year. Upgrades and renovations have been made to the existing classrooms and all bathrooms have been updated. The building now has new doors, windows, lighting, a new kitchen, and will have new, brighter colors and flooring throughout. The original HVAC has been replaced with modern heat pump equipment that meets current air exchange standards for schools.
Additional plans for the Center include a new preschool wing that will accommodate up to 24 students in an inclusive setting that serves all children, regardless of their abilities. The new preschool will have a new outdoor play area specifically designed for young children. A new art room and therapy rooms will be built to accommodate services for older students and Enrichment programs for adults with developmental disabilities. Finally, a new state of the art secure building entrance will be constructed on the east side of the building to accommodate bus pick up and drop off each day.
Pathfinder Village was approached over a year ago by an anonymous donor inquiring about funding a preschool on the Pathfinder campus. At the same time, a second donor approached Pathfinder about a planned gift to be used exclusively for educational purposes.
“After careful thought and consideration, our Board and Leadership Team thought it was a wonderful opportunity to bring these two generous gifts together to make important renovations to the school’s existing structure, which will meet our current students’ needs, as well as allow us to keep up with current learning trends,” said Paul Landers, Pathfinder Village President and CEO. “The opportunity to serve a new population of children through the preschool will be a great addition to the Pathfinder campus and the community at large.”
Pathfinder School first opened in 1980 as part of Pathfinder Village’s initial phase of construction. Over the years the school has become a valuable resource to the state’s public-school systems. Numerous students attend Pathfinder School from area school districts that are unable to meet students’ specialized needs or provide individualized supports. Students at Pathfinder School are evaluated, and specially tailored Individual Education Programs (IEP) are developed in conjunction with their home districts and Pathfinder School staff.
For more information, please contact us at:
Phone: (607) 965-8377, ext. 101
Fax: (607) 965-8655
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