- Sponsorship -

District renovations complete, community tours buildings

Northview — Community members toured buildings on Sept. 29 to see completed improvements throughout the district.

Open houses were held at West Oakview and North Oakview elementary schools, Highlands 5/6 and Crossroads Middle School, and at the Max Colley Jr. Performing Arts Center at Northview High School. Projects were completed under a $36.7 million, no-mill increase bond request for building and systems passed by voters in 2020.

North Oakview kindergartner Caroline Mundt checks out her new personalized storage cubby

In the elementary and middle-school buildings, that included adding multi-purpose spaces and upgrading major systems and classrooms, as well as enhancements to student drop-off, parking, security and playgrounds. 

Improvements at the performing arts center included updated seating and improved, energy-efficient lighting that Director Michael Frank said will reduce usage by 80 percent. Stage curtain replacement, lighting controls and wireless microphone system also are in the works.

East Oakview Elementary improvements were completed last fall, and included all-new classrooms, upgraded plumbing, electrical and heating and cooling systems; a relocated front entrance and main office; new playground design and equipment; a new parking area; and new sidewalks that include a path around the playground that connects to the adjacent neighborhood.

Northview buildings thanked the community and contractors for making the renovations possible and completing the work
- Sponsorship -
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema
Morgan Jarema is a reporter and copy editor, covering 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


Related Articles

- Sponsorship -

Issues in Education

Making Headlines

- Sponsorship -


Maranda Where You Live WGVU