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Construction Continues on New High School, Other Facilities


Cement walls are going up, bulldozers are pushing tons of dirt and construction signs have been posted seemingly everywhere as progress continues on the new high school and other district facilities.

Made possible by a 2014 bond approved by area voters, the project is on schedule and on budget, said Superintendent Randy Rodriguez. Much of the work will be done this summer, he said. Lakewood Construction is managing the project.

The high school south campus is scheduled to open in fall of 2017. That work includes completion of the south campus, a remodel of the high school and athletic field improvements.

Walls have gone up on the north end of the building, where a black box theater — a simple, unadorned performance space with black walls and a flat floor — and art rooms will be. To be added to this are a science wing, academic wing, media center, office, cafeteria and gymnasium.

Construction projects finished last summer include a remodel at Emmons Lake Elementary and Kraft Meadows Middle School. The North Campus Road, parking and repaving from Kraft Road to Emmons also were completed.

Other projects paid for by the bond include new roofs, boilers and other fixtures, plus upgrades for safety, security and technology.

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Linda Odette is a freelance writer and editor with more than 30 years of experience in journalism. She’s worked primarily as an editor in feature departments at newspapers in West Michigan, including the Grand Rapids Press, the Muskegon Chronicle and the Holland Sentinel. She lives in East Grand Rapids near the Eastown edge, has a teenage son and a daughter in college. Read Linda's full bio or email Linda.

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