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Fire at bus garage results in district losing six buses, no injuries

Kelloggsville — Faced with the sudden loss of a portion of its bus fleet due to a fire early this morning, the district only had to look as far as its neighbors to keep things running smoothly.

Shortly after midnight, administrators were notified by its security company of a fire at the district bus garage on 52nd Street near Kellogg Woods Drive, according to Superintendent Jim Alston in a letter to parents. Six buses were destroyed but no one was injured. 

Due to the fire and the loss of the buses, Kelloggsville schools were closed on Friday. The district is borrowing buses from Kentwood Public Schools with plans to pick up four buses from Dean Transportation, which is leasing the buses to the district for a dollar each, Alston said.

“Kelloggsville is grateful for the numerous offers from other local school districts to help out in any way that we needed,” he said. “Even though school districts are their own entity, it is nice to know that districts can come together to help when needed. 

“A special thank you to Kentwood Public Schools and Dean Transportation for providing some loaner buses until we are able to get our fleet back.”

School and events will resume as normal on Monday. The district is working with the Kentwood Fire Department to determine the cause of the fire, Alston stated in the letter.

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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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