- Sponsorship -

Turning Up The Music in Wyoming

A two-story, 12,000-square-foot band and choir area at Wyoming High School will add much-needed space for the school’s music programs.

The high school in the former Rogers High School building at 1350 Prairie Parkway SW was built in 1957, and has always lacked sufficient space for band and choir programs, says Assistant Principal TJ Restau.

With the consolidation of Rogers and Wyoming Park high schools, the number of band students grew from 50-70 per school to more than 120, and space for practice, class and storage of instruments was very inadequate for that many kids, Restau says.

The new space adds to the excitement of a band consolidating from two high schools, both steeped in tradition. “We’re adding something else here to serve the community,” he says.

The $2.4 million project will rebuild a corridor to add better fire protection between the gymnasium and music suite, says Matt Lewis, director of finance and human resources. It includes new bathrooms for athletic events and students during lunches, a new concession area and a larger main entrance lobby.

The project is funded through a 20-year loan and portions of the proceeds from the sale of a district-owned building, but administrators hope it’s just the beginning of renovations at the high school.

Voters will consider a two-part, $49 million request on the Tuesday, Nov. 5, ballot. Proposal 1 is for $37 million to fund building improvements in the district including instructional space and a completely remodeled high school. Proposal II, for $12.22 million, would fund a new Applied Arts Community Center and upgrades at the high school athletic complex.

Wyoming High School’s office will be reworked to accommodate a secure entryway and open up the entrance so visitors don’t enter the building into a corridor. The new entrance lobby will create an open area that connects with a cafeteria. A two-classroom addition to the west wing will house a new media center and walkway across the east courtyard to improve flow.

- Sponsorship -
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers and On-the-Town Magazine. She has been covering the many exciting facets of K-12 public education for School News Network since 2013. Read Erin's full bio or email Erin.

LATEST ARTICLES

The changing of guard – as long-time educator and AD welcomes a new one

Godwin Heights Football Coach Brandon Kimble will take over as the district’s athletic director when Robert Hisey, dean of students and athletic director, officially retires Nov. 2...

Whole-child advocates ready to lead, collaborate

SNN gets to know these new elementary principals in this edition of Meet the Principal...

Amid uncertainty, new protocols, there’s laughter, new connections

Junior Olivia Austin reflects on the first day of a very unique school year...

District welcomes new administrators, ready to ‘lead through uncharted waters’

New administrators share their thoughts on starting their posts during a pandemic...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Related Articles

‘A positive in a time that’s somewhat negative’

The new two-story Wyoming High School building opened to 10th- through 12th-graders, who were happy to settle into their new digs for the first week of in-person classes...

Student athletes glad football is back, after trying other sports

Some student athletes briefly competed in other sports, such as tennis and cross country, after fall football was canceled. Now they’re happy to be back on the gridiron...

Making the best of it

Students, parents, teachers and others share their feelings about the start of this unprecedented school year...
- Sponsorship -

HOW'S SCHOOL TODAY?

Engagement: The Most Important Measure of Student Success

Polls find that students’ engagement in their school work declines as they ascend the grades. Tests that don’t relate to their real-life experiences exacerbate the problem...

RADEMACHER & FRIENDS

Food ‘angels’ support hungry kids through pandemic

They work all across Kent County, guardian angels with peanut butter on their hands and crumbs on their shirtsleeves...
- Sponsorship -

MEDIA PARTNERS

Maranda Where You LiveWGVU

SUSTAINING SPONSORS