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May bond passage projects underway

Students at Crossroads Middle and West Oakview Elementary schools are being greeted with a change this year right at the front doors. Vestibule construction and main office renovations recently wrapped up at both schools. 

All buildings will have safety vestibules as part of a combination of 2018 sinking fund project dollars and a $36.7 million, no-mill increase bond request for building and systems improvements throughout the district, which passed in May.

After the recent bond passage, Rockford Construction and Tower Pinkster began design work with the district on East Oakview Elementary. Deputy Superintendent Liz Cotter said that work is planned to start next summer, and will include a secure vestibule and renovated main office; an improved student drop-off area; classroom renovations such as new heating and cooling, carpet, ceilings, furniture and lighting; asphalt replacement; and playground work.

Other improvements to be funded by the May bond approval, expected to be started in 2022, include adding multi-purpose spaces and upgrading major systems and classrooms at other elementary and middle schools, as well as to parking and security. Improvements to the Performing Arts Center and system upgrades also are planned at the high school.

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Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering Kent ISD, Forest Hills and Northview. She is a Grand Rapids native and a product of Grand Rapids Public Schools, including Brookside and West Leonard elementaries, City Middle/High School and Ottawa Hills. She found her tribe in journalism in 1997 and has never wanted to do anything but write. For 15 years she was a freelance journalist for The Grand Rapids Press, covering local schools and government, religion, business, home & garden and lifestyles. She and her husband, John, think even those without kiddos should be invested in their local schools and made to feel a part of them. Read Morgan's full bio

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