Rochester Community Schools on Tuesday, July 17 announced the name of buildings in the district, including the Dr. John M. Schultz Educational Campus, 1440 John R, and the RCS Caring Steps Children's Center, 3838 N. Rochester Road, both in Rochester Hills.
The new names stay in line with the district's policy, with screening committees composed of district employees, parents, citizens and students, which was formed to determine the name of each building, said Lori Grein, communications director for the district. Grein said great care and thought went into assuring the name of both facilities was respectful to the legacy and excellence associated with the district.
The Dr. John M. Schultz Educational Campus was expanded by 30,000 square feet to provide space for the Alternative Center for Education, the adult special education program and the Rochester Adult Center for Education. Construction on the building began in September of 2017, and is expected to be complete in September 2018.
Schultz served as superintendent of Rochester Community Schools from 1983 to 2005.
"When (superintendent) Bob (Shaner) told me that a building was being named after me, I was so surprised. I'm honored, truly. I didn't expect it," Schultz said.
The RCS Caring Steps Children's Center is slated to open in the fall of 2018, allowing children up to age five to receive quality care and educational expertise. The new services will be housed in a recently purchased and renovated facility located near Gunn Road. The location offers 36,000 square feet on 23 acres.
Year-round care will be available for newborns, infants and toddlers from 6 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Flexible scheduling includes two, three, four and five-day options.
"In order to fully meet the needs of the community, we needed to expand our footprint. Opening a childcare center provided a solution with great opportunity," Shaner said. "If all goes according to schedule, we look forward to opening the facility in the fall."