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New Middle School Project

Rendering of front entrance to WBMS

As part of the 2017 Bond Proposal, the district will be constructing a new middle school combining the student populations from Abbott Middle School and Orchard Lake Middle School into one centralized location. The new West Bloomfield Middle School will be constructed directly behind OLMS with the building opening to students for the 2022-23 school year. 

This new, 21st-century middle school would be constructed with both current and future instructional needs in mind. The building will have a capacity of 1,200 students. Instructional programs and the physical spaces will be designed in a way to support smaller learning communities, (i.e. grade-level families and collaboration areas). 

Ariel rendering of WBMS

In addition to being a state-of-the-art instructional facility, the new middle school will provide expanded co-curricular space for athletics, fine/performing arts, and enrichment opportunities for all students.

Stacy Brickman, WBSD Board of Education president, said, "The building is being designed around our 21st-century instructional priorities that are grounded in research and best for middle school-aged students that will house kids in grade level 'families' and allow for team teaching. We are also continuing to invest in our fine arts, visual arts, performing arts, STEAM labs, athletics and more. We are also looking forward to outdoor learning environments that include school gardens and research areas. There are a lot of possibilities for our students to have hands-on learning opportunities so we are keeping that at the forefront as the school campus is being designed."  

A special groundbreaking ceremony was held on Oct. 17, 2019 with members of the Board of Education, district administration, municipal leaders and future WBMS students in attendance. Please find the pictures and additional renderings below.

Groundbreaking Ceremony

future WBMS students at groundbreaking ceremony
Ariel rendering of WBMS
Amy Hughes with future WBMS students
Rendering of front entrance to WBMS
WB administrators, students, board members and municipal leaders at groundbreaking
WBMS athletics entrance rendering
special groundbreaking shovel with dedication information
members of the board of education breaking ground at WBMS
WBMS performing arts center entrance rendering

Community Outreach

In May 2019, the district hosted a new middle school planning meeting for the residents from communities surrounding Orchard Lake Middle School and the future West Bloomfield Middle School location. Members of the bond construction team were on hand including individuals from French Associates and Auch Construction to answer questions and shed light on future plans for the new middle school and the current Orchard Lake Middle School facility. 

An additional meeting opportunity was been scheduled for Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Orchard Lake Middle School cafeteria. This was an opportunity for those with property neighboring the OLMS site to learn more about the updated West Bloomfield Middle School plans. 

Please find the presentation from the May 2019 and Sept. 2019 meetings below as well the district's Talk to Us web submission tool to have your questions submitted to district administrators.