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District replaces three of six buses destroyed in fire 

Kelloggsville is working on plans to rebuild its bus garage

Kelloggsville — A couple months after a fire that destroyed a portion of its fleet, Kelloggsville Public Schools has replaced half of the buses damaged in the blaze and is moving forward on designs to rebuild its bus garage.

Just after midnight on April 19, a fire broke out at the district’s bus garage, located on 52nd Street near Kellogg Woods Drive. No one was injured, although six buses were destroyed. The Kentwood Fire Department’s report has stated the cause as undetermined with no suspicion of foul play, Kelloggsville Director of Instruction Jeff Owen said.

Dean Transportation and Kentwood Public Schools supplied the district with buses for the rest of the school year. 

The district has now added back three new buses for the fall, with plans to stagger purchases of the remaining three in the future so that the district does not have to replace all six vehicles in the same year, Owen said.

As for the bus garage itself, “We are in the initial stages of working with our architects to design a structure that will meet our needs,” he said, adding that construction on a new garage is at least a year out. 

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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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