Well over a decade ago, the Meer Preschool building was
constructed for what, at the time, was considered a considerably sizable
preschool. Today, Boruch Hashem, the preschool has more than doubled in size,
and looks forward to continued growth B’ezras Hashem. Because the building
itself (due to space and zoning issues) cannot be expanded, it became obvious
that a larger location must be found for the Preschool.
At the same time, the Girls School
is presently beyond capacity and out of space. After much thought and
consideration, it was decided that the Bais Yaakov High School would be
housed in an independent location.
Combining the two needs, the Yeshiva has embarked on a major
project to create new facilities for both the Meer Preschool and Bais Yaakov High School.
With great assistance from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Detroit, and the Jewish Foundation, the Yeshiva leased the land across from the
Bais Yaakov building and has begun construction on what will be a 55,000 square
foot building housing both the Preschool and High School on separate floors.
Designed by the architectural firm, French and Associates,
the new building’s first floor will house a state-of-the-art preschool,
including 14 classrooms, an expanded resource room area, a large outdoor
playground for the children, a gym and a multipurpose room. The updated
facility will give the preschoolers much more room to play, and staff will be
able to utilize the areas for instructional play and various types of learning.
The second floor of the new building will house the Bais Yaakov High School. Having a
completely separate entrance from the preschool, the high school will be
constructed with many state of the art amenities including updated classrooms,
science labs, computer labs, a media library, a resource room, a student lounge
and a multipurpose dining room.
The preschool building project committee is chaired by Mr.
Ephraim Singal, and the Bais Yaakov building committee is chaired by Mrs. Ilana
Mr. Singal and Mrs. Berlin,
along with their committees, have worked extremely hard together with the
Yeshiva administration, architects, builders and design teams and the Yeshiva
is very grateful for a
ll of their help.
As the amount of school traffic will naturally increase in
the area, the Yeshiva retained Hubbell, Roth & Clark, Inc., a traffic
consultant firm – a group of traffic engineers who studied traffic patterns and
volumes at the preschool and high school. They developed new plans for parent
pick-up and drop-off. The Yeshiva aims to make school traffic as safe and
effective as possible, and will continue to analyze these plans as the opening
of the building gets closer.
The plan is for the new building to B’ezras Hashem be
completed before the 5774 school year in the fall of 2013.