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Ready, set, learn — in updated spaces

Kent City — Last year, construction projects delayed the start of school for eight days. But this year, despite construction supply delays, Kent City students returned on time.

The district has just completed its second year of updates resulting from a $22 million bond renewal.

The original playground will soon be filled with happy school faces; pictured are Nathan Zelle and daughter, Serenity

“This is all due to the taxpayers’ help. We were able to accomplish a lot by extending the millage without raising debt,” said Superintendent Mike Weiler. “We had a very good summer. Our general contractor has done a phenomenal job.”  

At the elementary building, all of the HVAC and plumbing upgrades are now complete. In addition, a second playground was added on the west side of the property, a location previously known as the Ford overflow lot. 

At the high school, the track was resurfaced and the athletic field is all new, including a soccer and football fields.

Other recent facility improvements throughout the district include:

  • adding security access measures at all buildings, including entrances and sight lines from the parking lot, school offices and play areas;
  • improved and expanded parking lots;
  • updated restrooms and science labs;
  • expanded gymnasium space; and
  • a new multipurpose space at the elementary building.
Just days before school opened, there were still mounds of wood chips to spread on the new playground
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Janice Holst
Janice Holst
Janice Holst was a reporter for SNN covering Kent City and Sparta. She has been both a teacher and a journalist. A former MLive reporter, she wrote features and covered local government and schools for Advance Newspapers for nearly two decades. She also was a recipe columnist and wrote features for Mature Life Style and occasional entertainment pieces for On The Town magazines. She lives in Sparta Township and enjoys spending some of her retirement hours writing the stories of the northern Kent County school districts.


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