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Middle-school improvements mark second phase of $67 million bond

Kenowa Hills — No more temporary maze of walls at Kenowa Hills Middle School. This year, students put their backpacks in new lockers and attended class in newly renovated rooms.

Funded by the $67 million bond proposal approved by voters in 2020, Phase 2 renovation projects at Kenowa Hills Middle School were completed in August.

A view of the forthcoming music wing from outside Kenowa Hills Middle School

These projects included four classrooms, two science rooms, a new media center, lockers and repurposing the old auditorium into a flexible learning space that can be configured into one to three rooms. 

“We’re really happy with how it turned out,” Superintendent Jerry Hopkins said. “We’re now in Phase 3, which includes renovating five more existing classrooms, two additional science rooms and the addition of a music wing with new band and orchestra rooms. It’s been fun to see.” 

Upgrades made to the infant and child care wing of the Early Childhood Center marked the final stages of Phase 1.

Hopkins said Phase 3 projects are on track to be completed by January 2024, followed by the start of Phase 4 projects. 

Read more from Kenowa Hills: 
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Phase 1 of bond improvements nearing completion

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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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