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They’ll buzz you in

Kelloggsiville — Those who enter Southeast Elementary School after the morning bell has rung might notice a change in procedure.

The front entrances of that building, as well as the 54th Street Academy and Kelloggsville Early Childhood Learning Center (KECLC) were reconfigured over the summer for a new security system. 

All now have a vestibule area separating the outside entrance, main office area and the entrance into the building. Visitors coming after school starts must be granted access to each area via an automatic locking system that is set on a timer. Depending on the time of day and visitor’s needs, they may need to be buzzed into each area separately, Assistant Superintendent Eric Alcorn said. 

The entrances are similar to what many other schools in the county currently have. In fact, the district’s high school, middle school, and West and Central elementary already have those secure entrances.

A 54th Street Academy student is buzzed into the building
A 54th Street Academy student is buzzed into the building (courtesy)

The new systems were part of the district’s 2022 bond issue, paid in part by a 2022-23 Michigan School State Aid grant designated for improving school safety.

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Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma
Joanne Bailey-Boorsma is a reporter covering Kent ISD, Godwin Heights, Kelloggsville, Forest Hills and Comstock Park. The salutatorian for the Hartland Public Schools class of 1985, she changed her colors from blue and maize to green and white by attending Michigan State University, where she majored in journalism. Joanne moved to the Grand Rapids area in 1989, where she started her journalism career at the Advance Newspapers. She later became the editor for On-the-Town magazine, a local arts and entertainment publication. Her eldest daughter is a nurse, working in Holland, and her youngest attends Oakland University. Both are graduates from Byron Center High School. She is a volunteer for the Van Singel Fine Arts Advisory Board and the Kent District Library. In her free time, Joanne enjoys spending time with her family, checking out local theater and keeping up with all the exchange students they have hosted through the years. Read Joanne's full bio


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