FINCH: Grand opening!

By Curtis Finch

MOISD Superintendent

The Education Center at the Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District will be celebrating its 40th birthday with the completion of an addition for its special needs students at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Feel free to come by and visit!

The shovel went into the ground in 1975 to begin the process of building a place of unique support for our two counties and their special needs students. Over the years, the building has hosted six construction projects and five new additions. This year, the Ed Center will finally be turning 40 years old and this recent addition and upgrades for our students and staff will be open for public viewing.

Housing more than 100 special needs students from ages 4 to 26, the Education Center has been one of the crown jewels of the MOISD. This customized space houses programs for moderately and cognitively impaired students as well as resource rooms for students with special needs such as those on the spectrum of Autism. Adding more space for gross-motor activities, widening wheelchair doors, new boilers and a new, more secure, entrance has prepared this educational facility for the next 20 years. By upgrading the water system through connection to the city water, installing new heating controls and designing a place for students to eat together, the students will be excited to enjoy their new and upgraded spaces. The community is very supportive of the unique services we offer to our special needs students and its pride is fully embodied in the Education Center.

The 40th birthday party is open to the public from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on the 27th — we look forward to your visit! The MOISD Education Center is located on the east side of Big Rapids, over by the National Guard Armory and the MOISD Career Center. Come sing Happy Birthday with us!

Dr. Finch can be reached at cfinch@moisd.org and followed on Twitter @CFinchMOISD