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Phys Ed Building Already Paying Off for Students


The high school Physical Education Building — complete with auxiliary gym, elevated one-eighth mile track and weight room — is now welcoming athletes and physical education students.

The $6.1 million addition and renovation of the existing gymnasium was part of the $14.1 million bond approved in 2015.

Freshman Martin Martinez jogs on the new track
Freshman Martin Martinez jogs on the new track

It involved filling in an indoor pool for the auxiliary gym space to allow for more athletic activities under the same roof, such as wrestling and volleyball competitions.

“We built this so our kids will have a place to go after school that will make them better athletes,” said Athletic Director Robert Hisey.

Bond projects — which also included new secure entrances, improvements for all school buildings, new school buses and technology — are now complete.

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Erin Albanese
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 or email Erin.

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