Education and Enrichment Center Expansion
Pathfinder Village is completing phase three of the Pathfinder School project this fall. The expansion project is made possible through anonymous gifts totaling $2.2 million.
A new state-of-the-art secure building entrance was built in 2022 on the east side of the building. This 700 sq. ft. vestibule facilitates access and adds additional offices for school staff. It is located directly off the school parking area; it includes new doors and door hardware and meets all accessibility needs of school students, adult residents of Pathfinder Village, and the public entering our school and the Pathfinder Gym.
Initially, the expansion project was to commence in spring 2020, but the pandemic delayed the project. In 2021, Pathfinder’s maintenance crew worked tirelessly to complete the phase one renovations to the original school building. Upgrades and renovations were made to the existing classrooms and bathrooms. The main school building now has new doors, windows, lighting, a new kitchen, brighter colors, and flooring. The original HVAC was replaced with modern heat pump equipment and meets current air exchange standards for schools.
Phase three will include a new adaptive outdoor play area specifically designed for young children of all abilities.
Pathfinder Village was approached over several years by an anonymous donor inquiring about expansion needs at the school. 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.“
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.