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Construction continues transforming middle and high school

Remodeling includes spacious new band room

Godfrey-Lee — Construction is steadily progressing at Lee Middle and High School, with summer projects on the horizon.

Band director Kevin Gabrielse and his students moved into the new 2,300 square-foot band room at the beginning of March, complete with a spacious new instrument storage room. 

A new wooden “Lee Legend Band” sign, handcrafted by Gabrielse, hangs on the wall, officially making the space their own. 

Interim Superintendent Dirk Weeldreyer said the old band room is currently being remodeled into a future health suite for the school nurse’s office, Kent School Services Network coordinators and other mental health services.

Lee’s classrooms and media center will start getting remodeled this summer. Weeldreyer said the new classrooms will have new carpeting or hardwood floors, dimming lights and air conditioning by the fall.

Over 100 years old, the building experienced a structural failure in June 2019, causing part of the roof to collapse. In November 2020, the community voted in support of a $17.79 million bond program to fund a major transformation to the building.

Lee High School Principal Andy Steketee said, “We’re in the best shape we have been in having classroom space since the collapse and we’re only moving forward from here.” 

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Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark
Alexis Stark is a reporter covering Byron Center, Caledonia, Godfrey-Lee, Kenowa Hills and Thornapple Kellogg. She grew up in metro Detroit and her journalism journey brought her west to Grand Rapids via Michigan State University where she covered features and campus news for The State News. She also co-authored three 100-question guides to increase understanding and awareness of various human identities, through the MSU School of Journalism. Following graduation, she worked as a beat reporter for The Ann Arbor News, covering stories on education, community, prison arts and poetry, before finding her calling in education reporting and landing at SNN. Alexis is also the author of a poetry chapbook, “Learning to Sleep in the Middle of the Bed.”


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