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Construction to Renovate High School Begins

Come fall of 2017, high school students will enjoy a completely renovated school, and construction has officially begun.

The district recently held a ground-breaking ceremony, complete with golden shovels and attended by about 150 administrators, staff members, students, parents, alumni and community members.

“It’s a great day,” said Board President Tim Pomorski. “This is something the building has needed for many years. It’s going to be a quality education place for many years.”

Kelloggsville Board of Education members mark the milestone moment

The $27 million renovation, funded by the $33.9 million bond issue passed in February, will go toward demolition of a 1930s wing, and a large addition. A courtyard area will be replaced by eight new classrooms. The parking lot will be reconfigured and the entrance of the school will shift from Jean Street to Division Avenue.

A new competition-sized gymnasium will host varsity games, currently held at Kelloggsville Middle School, and allow for more practice space; the auditorium will receive theater-style seating for 480; and a media center will serve as a hub for learning and community center.

Use of facilities will be open to the public. A new entrance will also be built at the football stadium.

Bond projects already completed include a new maintenance facility at 230 52nd St., and a secured entrance at Kelloggsville Middle School.

Students, staff and alumni gather for the groundbreaking ceremony
Students, staff and alumni gather for the groundbreaking ceremony
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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She 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, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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