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Secure entry, air ionizers among summer improvements planned by Kalamazoo schools

KALAMAZOO, MI — Parents and students should expect to see more construction at Kalamazoo school buildings this summer, funded through the bond issue approved by voters in 2018.

The summer to-do list for Kalamazoo Public Schools includes another $2.4 million in campus improvements, including new school buses, a new secure entryway and remodeling at multiple buildings. The Board of Education approved the purchases at a meeting Thursday, March 25.

Gary Start, deputy superintendent of business and finance, presented the purchases to the board, stressing the importance of taxpayer-funded bonds to pay for district-wide improvements.

“I want to express my appreciation

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Kalamazoo Public Schools lost nearly 700 students in the last year

KALAMAZOO, MI — Enrollment at Kalamazoo Public Schools fell about 5% during the pandemic.

Districts across the state have reported falling student populations since the pandemic forced schools into virtual learning. KPS is one of the last large districts in Michigan to remain in fully virtual mode through the remainder of the school year.

Gary Start, deputy superintendent of business and finance, said KPS lost about 5%, or 690 students, from fall 2019 to fall 2020.

In fall 2019, the district enrolled 12,848 students. In the fall of 2020, 12,158 students were enrolled in the district, Start said.

The drop

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